Karen Fies

Director of the Sonoma County Human Services Department (ex officio): Karen Fies

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Karen Fies is the Director of the Sonoma County Human Services Department. Employed by the Department since 1986, Karen has over 30 years of experience in social services.  

Karen started her career as an eligibility worker, then as a social worker in various employment services programs, and was a key developer of Sonoma County’s welfare reform efforts and the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (a paid employment program which annually hires hundreds of youth funded through federal, state and local dollars). She led the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board for a number of years.  Karen has overseen various administrative functions such as contracts and procurement, human resources, budget development, and information technology.    

Karen earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from Sonoma State University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of California, Davis.  She is a graduate of the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC) Executive Development program as well as the Gavin de Becker Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy.  

Karen lives in the Larkfield area with her husband, Brian.  They have grown twin daughters.