Karen K. Weeks
Karen K. Weeks is Vice-President, a principal with The Kowalski Group, LLC. As a lobbyist for the firm since 1995, she has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of issues and a commitment to competently represent clients at the Legislative and Administrative level of Municipal, State and Federal Government.
An experienced government relations specialist, Karen has represented clients before every committee at the Connecticut General Assembly working on such issues as Health Care Reform, Environmental Product Stewardship, Waste-to-Energy, Education, and Brownfield Remediation. Further, Karen, a non-hodgkins lymphoma and breast cancer survivor, has worked in numerous coalitions and on collaborative efforts to champion a variety of patient care and provider issues in the health care field. She is a passionate advocate for her clients and their businesses and is respected by Legislators and Agency Officials for her professionalism and dedication.
Prior to joining The Kowalski Group, LLC, Karen achieved state recognition as a Teacher of the Year in 1990-1991 from the North Branford School District for her work as a High School Library Media Specialist. She held this position at North Branford High School for eleven years. She began her career as an English Teacher at this same high school.
During the course of her tenure as an educator, she advocated for teachers, as a charter member of the North Branford Federation of Teachers, NBFT; for literacy, as a securer of National Endowment for the Humanities grants; for libraries, as a Board of Directors Member for the Southern Connecticut Library Council, SCLC, and for her students, as a girls’ track coach, as head advisor to the NBHS Class of 1983, and, foremost, as a classroom teacher. She served as the Legislative Chairperson for the SCLC.
These experiences in grass roots advocacy and lobbying prepared her well for the day-to-day challenges and responsibilities that she faces as a contract lobbyist. During her career as an educator, Karen participated in numerous professional organizations, and served on committees and boards in the fields of education, technology, government and libraries. She is a skilled researcher and writer for the firm. Karen has worked on numerous municipal, state legislative, congressional and State Officers’ campaigns for candidates on both sides of the political aisle.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The University of Connecticut. Further, she earned a Master of Arts Degree from Wesleyan University with a specialization in literature and writing. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree of Library Science and Instructional Technology from Southern Connecticut State University.