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Karen Johnson

Karen brings more than two decades of business leadership to her role as Associate Vice President, a position that engages her passion for helping people reach their fullest potential. In overseeing all operational functions of DH’s Puget Sound hub, Karen deploys financial, legal, technical and human resources to ensure the firm’s people and clients succeed.
Associate Vice President
Collaborative problem solver
Leadership mentor
Lover of the PNW

Prior to joining DH, Karen helped shape and execute strategy at Weyerhaeuser, a global forest products company, and she also led a team in grants management and global development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Karen has done extensive work with IPREX, an international network of communications agencies, where she is currently treasurer and sits on the global board. She previously served on the board of Leadership Tomorrow, a community leader development program in Seattle.

Karen’s take on:

Giving back to the community.

Karen is always looking for ways to foster a supportive, collaborative work environment, both for our colleagues and our clients, and that requires asking some critical questions about strategy: Where is DH headed as an organization, and how can we support our team and our clients in that process? That line of thinking extends to her passion for philanthropy and addressing systemic inequities regionally and beyond.

“I feel like we have an obligation to give back and help improve other people’s lives, and to help break down barriers and open doors,” Karen says. “It’s important to take care of your community and provide support and opportunities for people who don’t have the same access to resources that you do.”

Karen has also played a role in DH’s developing DEI strategy and action plan and is committed to making our workplace as collaborative and equitable as possible.

Karen says:

“One of the things I value so highly is collaboration, working with more brains at the table to get the best possible outcome. If you create space for people, they will step into their roles and they will shine and thrive, and they’ll become far more than either one of you ever imagined.”

The great outdoors.

Karen will take any opportunity she can to get out into the fresh air, which is why she loves living in the Pacific Northwest. If she isn’t in the office, she’s most likely outside, either horseback riding or hiking in the mountains. She’s also an avid traveler: Her personal favorite trip was going with her dad to his birthplace in Latvia, and she hopes to one day visit Africa.


Master of Management
Northwestern University

BA, Business Administration
Iowa State University

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