Karen T. Marcus served as Palm Beach County Commissioner for 28 years, representing District One. She also served as President of the Florida Councils Association, was President of the Florida Association of Counties from 2000-2002, and served on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. She also chaired the School Advisory Council for Palm Beach Gardens High School.
An advocate to protect the County’s natural resources, she supported the acquisition of park and recreation property and environmentally sensitive land to protect it from development. She worked to get approval and funding for the Juno Pier and negotiated to keep baseball in the County which resulted in the building of Roger Dean Stadium. In 2005 she began negotiations and worked with various cities in the area to bring the Scripps Research Institute to Palm Beach County and achieved this in 2006.
She received the distinguished Executive Women of the Palm Beaches 21st Annual Women in Leadership Award for the Public Sector in 2004, was named a Community Development Leader in 2006, and received the Women of the Year Award from the Northern Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce in October 2012.
A native Floridian, Karen is married with three daughters and five grandchildren.