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Karen Reed

Team Leader, Environmental Team 2


Karen Reed has over 27 years of experience working in the Federal government. Ms. Reed conducted her master's degree research at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, then graduated from Colorado State University with a master of science degree in environmental health. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, DC, and she started her career with the Federal government at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters.

Ms. Reed worked with EPA in Washington, DC, for 5 years and then moved to EPA’s Region 2 office in New York, New York. She remained there until she accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and moved with her family to St. Louis, Missouri, to work on the Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, one of DOE’s National Priorities List sites. She worked on that site for 7 years.

When the site was nearing closure, Ms. Reed relocated with her family to Denver, Colorado, where she was on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment from the DOE to the EPA. During that time, she served as a remedial project manager on the Rocky Flats and Rocky Mountain Arsenal Projects. She then joined EPA’s Denver office in its Brownfields Program. She subsequently became the unit chief of EPA Region 8 Wetlands and Tribal Water Quality Unit in the Office of Ecosystems, Protection, and Remediation. In February 2011, she returned to DOE, taking a position in the Office of Legacy Management.