Karen Peterson, Chief Operating Officer

Karen Peterson is the Chief Operating Officer of Peterson Economics. Ms. Peterson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 1991 with a B.A. in anthropology and environmental studies. Ms. Peterson then earned a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. She worked on nuclear power issues at the Natural Resources Defense Council, served as a manager for the U.S. Census Bureau on Maui during the 1990 Census, and taught at Seabury Hall on Maui. For four years, she practiced environmental law at Skadden Arps and Beveridge & Diamond, counseling developers and municipalities on water, land use permitting, endangered species, and Superfund issues. Immediately prior to joining Peterson Economics full-time, Ms. Peterson worked as a water law attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for five years. At Peterson Economics, Ms. Peterson has worked on a variety of resort and residential projects throughout the western U.S., Hawaii, Mexico, and Australia. These projects include the most notable proposed high-end second-home community in the Hawaiian Islands; an analysis of the value added to residential communities by the “Canyon Ranch” brand; proposed public golf courses in Mendocino County, California and Blaine County, Idaho; an upscale proposed resort in Central Oregon; a condo-hotel conversion on the Big Island; and proposed new oceanfront resorts in Los Cabos and Manzanillo, Mexico.