Karen Darner served as a speech/language and hearing pathologist in the Arlington Public Schools from 1971-2008, taking two years off to serve in the Peace Corps. Throughout her career, Karen has been devoted to civic activism. She served 13 years in the Virginia House of Delegates, focusing on education, social justice, transportation, the environment, and Dreamers. She’s an active member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and the Arlington League of Women Voters. Karen has also served as a board member and volunteer for numerous civic and nonprofit groups, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr Community Center and the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). Karen currently serves on the Virginia Commission on Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders, and represents the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) on the Virginia Relay Board under the Department of Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In 2009 Karen was the recipient of the Arlington Community Foundation’s Spirit of Community Award.