FEI Washington Chapter Meeting: October 24, 2019

Professional Development Session: Privacy and GDPR presented by BDO

Dinner Presentation: Karen Lee, CEO, Pioneer Human Services

As Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Human Services, Karen Lee leads one of the nation’s largest social-enterprise business organizations. Under Karen’s leadership, Pioneer successfully operates several businesses that generate revenue to meet customer needs and bottom line expectations that help fund its social mission: to help justice involved individuals lead a healthy and productive life.

Karen leads Pioneer’s unique business model and its 900 plus employees in over 50 locations throughout the state of Washington. Pioneer serves approximately 9,000 people annually through its job training, employment and other services to recover and rehabilitate their lives after experiences with criminal justice and substance use disorder. Its pre-employment program is particularly successful.

Pioneer’s major business enterprise, known as Pioneer Industries, is an aerospace manufacturing company with over 100,000 square feet in three plants in greater Seattle. Pioneer makes over 2,000,000 parts annually and is known throughout the aerospace industry for superb quality, on time delivery and customer service.

Karen has an impressive career both in business and the public sector. She served for five years as the Commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department. She was an executive and had several leadership roles at Puget Sound Energy. Karen was also an associate attorney at K & L Gates in Seattle.

Karen is a native Washingtonian and is a graduate of the University of Washington School Of Law. She is Washington’s first female African American graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. There she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Russian Studies and a minor in engineering. She spent four years in the U.S. Army as a logistics officer stationed in Germany and Maryland.
Active in the community, Karen is a trustee at Western Washington University and a member of the Regence Blue Shield (Health Care) and U.S. Bank Washington Advisory Boards. She is also an appointed member of Washington’s Statewide Reentry Council and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Economic Advisory Council. Karen has been named one of “Seattle’s Women of Influence” by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and more recently, received an “Executive Excellence” award from Seattle Business Magazine.

Professional Development: To be announced 


Karen Lee

Pioneer Human Services