Karen Ross is Community Relations Manager for NV Energy in northern Nevada. Employed by NV Energy for 28 years, Karen has held positions as diverse as construction project manager, contract negotiator and mining account manager.
For the past 15 years, Karen has guided NV Energy’s corporate citizenship role within the diverse communities it serves throughout northern Nevada. She oversees charitable giving, employee volunteer programs, and community support programs that meet the needs of a broad array of stakeholders.
Karen currently serves on the following boards: Nevada Land Conservancy; Nevada Women’s Fund; Special Assistance Fund for Energy (SAFE), and she is an advisory board member of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community and Health Sciences, Access to Healthcare Network, High Sierra Industries, and the Latino Research Center. She is past president of Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, a regional quality of life group, and past chair of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Washoe County. Karen is an alumnus of Leadership Reno-Sparks and was honored in 2005 as a Truckee Meadows Tomorrow “Sustaining Star” for her efforts in leading and participating in community quality of life initiatives. In 2005, the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada honored Karen as a Woman in Leadership, and in 1995 she was recognized by the Nevada Women’s Fund as a Woman of Achievement.
In December 2006, Karen received her Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a certificate in gerontology. She is directly applying her MPH degree to new and innovative ways to improve the overall health of communities. In her advocacy role at NV Energy, Karen developed an innovative “Senior Power” program that has engaged NV Energy employees in weatherizing the homes of frail and homebound seniors for the past six years.
In her leisure time, Karen enjoys hiking in the Sierra, cycling, snowshoeing, gardening and generally enjoying the outdoors.