Karen Koenemann

KarenKaren Koenemann
Public Health Director

Karen Koenemann has been the Public Health Director for Pitkin County since 2017. In this role she oversees all of the Department’s core public health services as well as well as population-level work to promote health, health equity and prevent chronic disease by ensuring environments, policies, and systems that support wellness for everyone.  Previous to this position, she served as the Delta County Public Health Director; and for five years before, the Healthy Communities Manager for Eagle County Public Health and Environment. She served as Co-Chair of the Colorado Health Equity Commission and currently serves on the National Association of County and City Health Officials and West Mountain Regional Health Alliance. 

Early in her career, she taught high school Biology and lead service-learning trips for young adults to Thailand and India. Karen holds an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alaska, a Masters in Education from the University of Alaska and a Masters in Geography from the University of Wyoming. 

Karen grew up in Alaska, where the mountains meet the sea. She and her husband live on a small ranchette outside of Carbondale, with one dog, and three cats. 

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Favorite Book

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner 
PodcastFavorite Podcast

On Being with Krista Tippett
ActivityFavorite Activity

Being in Wilderness 
FoodFavorite Food

Roasted Garlic