Karen and her husband, Paul, moved their family to Brentwood (from San Jose) back in 1995 for affordable housing; at that point the population was 10,000. From the get-go Karen became active in the community, serving as chairman/commissioner over various boards and projects. She has had the opportunity to contribute to policy, review budgets and serve as the voice of those boards (see below & check out "Rarey - In the News").
Due to her commitment to serving the community, Karen was recognized in 2012 as Brentwood's Citizen of the Year.
Karen also served as a neighborhood activist – her actions resulted in $7,000,000 in repairs by a housing developer and two new mini-parks being erected within the 242-home housing development where she lived with her family.
Since before becoming a Council Member in 2016, Karen already worked to make the city of Brentwood a better place to live - she continues to work for the city she loves to truly make it Better in Brentwood!
Karen has two decades of service to Brentwood
CITY OF BRENTWOOD
COUNCIL MEMBER - CITY OF BRENTWOOD (2016-PRESENT)
Economic Development Committee
Fire and Medical Services Ad Hoc Committee (Created Fire First Initiative to make sure new development pays 100% of its impact for Fire staffing)
Agricultural Enterprise Committee
Priority Area - 1 Committee (Zoned a 430-Acre area for High-Quality, High-Wage Jobs)
Housing Policy (Affordable Housing)
School Inter-Agency Committee (Fire, Police, LUHSD, BUSD, LMC and City of Brentwood)
City Liason to John Marsh Historic Trust
CHAIR/MEMBER - CONTRA COSTA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE (2000-2003) City of Brentwood Representative
Oversaw review of the Growth Management Program compliance checklists. GMP compliance is required by cities within Contra Costa County to receive their 18% share of Measure C’s local street maintenance and improvement funds.
FOUNDING COMMISSIONER/CHAIR - CITY OF BRENTWOOD PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION (1999–2002)
Helped to develop the newly formed commission’s mission statement and identify its primary objectives. Worked with staff, developers and architects to design new parks and open spaces within the city. Created the Master Plan, still in existence today, for parks, trails and open space. Assisted finance in establishing the city’s 5-year Capital Improvement Plan as it related to parks and open space. Oversaw the opening of the city's Aquatic Complex & Skate Park and design of Sunset Athletic Complex.
MEMBER - BRENTWOOD SKATE PARK TASK FORCE (1998–1999)
FOUNDING MEMBER - BRENTWOOD ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMITTEE (1996–1999)
Served as a liaison between the community and the city council. With substantial growth taking place in the city, the objective of the newly formed committee was to help resolve issues arising within neighborhoods before they became problematic to the city/neighborhood. Helped to develop the committee’s mission statement and objectives and took part in establishing the city’s ‘Home of the Month’ program and annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
DIRECTOR - JOHN MARSH HISTORIC TRUST (2011–2013 / 2017-PRESENT)
PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR - LIBERTY UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (2008–2015)
ACCOUNTING CHAIRMAN - RELAY FOR LIFE OF BRENTWOOD (2009/2010/2011/2012)
PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR/CHARTER MEMBER - KIWANIS CLUB OF BRENTWOOD (2000-2008) President (2001/2007)
CO-FOUNDER/CO-ORGANIZER - NWF GREAT AMERICAN BACKYARD CAMPOUT OF DISCOVERY BAY (2011/2012/2013/2014)
CHAIRMAN - HIGHWAY 4 BYPASS GRAND OPENING AND CRAFT & SAFETY FAIR (2002)
ORGANIZER - KIWANIS CRAFT & SAFETY FAIR (2003/2004)
DECOR ORGANIZER - BRENTWOOD POLICE OFFICER'S BALL (2001)
ORGANIZER - BRENTWOOD POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE FUNDRAISER - $35,000 raised (2001)
ORGANIZER - GLORY PARK GRAND OPENING (1998)
Outstanding LUHSD ED Foundation President & Director - Liberty Union High School District (2015)
Brentwood Citizen of the Year (2012)
Liberty Union High School District Volunteer of the Quarter (2010)
Distinguished Kiwanis Club President (2007)
National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest (2006) – Best Family Life/Living Section
National Newspaper Association Better Advertising Contest (2006) – Best Multiple Advertiser Section
Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award (2004)
City of Brentwood Park and Recreation Commission Distinguished and Devoted Service (2001)
CORRESPONDENT - EAST COUNTY TIMES (2008–2016)
OUTREACH SPECIALIST/PUBLIC RELATIONS - RECREATION EQUIPMENT INC. - BRENTWOOD (2009–2013)
ASSOCIATE EDITOR/PRINT EDITOR - BRENTWOOD PRESS & PUBLISHING CORP. (2001–2007)