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With a unique combination of engineering acumen and legal savvy, Karin advances the interests of communities, companies, owners and operators that confront flood, water supply and stormwater management challenges.

She is effective at building consensus among stakeholders with diverse interests and interacting effectively with national policy-makers. When advising on water resource matters, Karin offers an integrated approach that coordinates across geographic and agency boundaries, evaluating opportunities and potential effects from a system perspective.

Karin’s representative experience includes:

  • Directing a $600 million flood damage-reduction program.
  • Developing a levee-system improvement plan for a district along the Missouri River.
  • Managing large-scale multipurpose infrastructure projects in cooperation with public agencies, private companies and nonprofit organizations.
  • Engineering for multiple public and private site developments.

Karin serves as the executive director of the Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition (MoArc). This long-standing nonprofit organization was formed in the aftermath of the 1951 floods to advocate for flood control and water conservation in the Midwest and continues with that mission today. For more than 10 years, Karin has led trips to Washington, D.C., that allowed stakeholder representatives to connect with members of Congress, their staff and relevant committees, and federal agencies to present priorities and positions on water resource issues.

Following the 2005 hurricane season and the devastation wrought by Katrina, Wilma and Rita, more than $120 billion in damages and 2,000 dead, Congress directed establishment of the National Committee on Levee Safety. Karin was appointed to the committee by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and continues to serve in this capacity. She was also selected by the National Research Board to serve on the National Academy of Sciences levee committee that made recommendations to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on improving policies and practices related to risk-based treatment of levees in the National Flood Insurance Program.

Prior to founding SPICA Consulting LLC, an engineering and flood-risk management firm in 2009, Karin was employed by Kansas City, Mo., where she worked in the city’s Public Works' Development Services/Special Projects division and then in Water Services managing the Waterways Division. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri and Illinois.




  • Kansas City Industrial Council, Brick by Brick Award, 2002, 2008; Progress Award, Leadership in Improving Waterways, 2009
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2019
  • Planned Industrial Expansion Authority, Partnership Award, 2002-2003
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Headquarters, Commander's Award for Public Service, 2009
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Kansas City District, Official Commendation for Partnering, 2003


  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • M.P.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • B.S., Missouri University of Science and Technology
    • Civil Engineering


  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society
  • Kansas City River Trails, Board of Directors, 2005-present
  • Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition (MoArc), executive director, 2001-present
  • The Missouri Bar
  • National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies, Advisory Board
  • National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, 1999-present
  • National Waterways Conference, Board of Directors, 2008-2012; Legislative Policy Committee, 2008-present
  • Provided leadership for a waterways program comprising 25 miles of flood damage reduction projects, integrating “green solutions” and recreation improvements to promote sustainability and generate economic development.
  • Led negotiations to transfer ownership of land between four separate entities, all with eminent domain authority, to alleviate flooding, allow for public and private infrastructure investment and facilitate redevelopment.
  • Prepared a levee-system improvement plan in accordance with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers systemwide improvement framework policy that led to reinstatement in PL84-99 and federal repair of flood damaged levees.
  • Developed recommendations to Congress for a national levee-safety program and to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for risk-based treatment of levees in the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • Designed and managed multiple-site development, stormwater/drainage and transportation projects, including work at the Cahokia Mounds historical site in Illinois and along Brush Creek in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Served as site engineer at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in 1993, guiding emergency grading and drainage operations that allowed hangars and runways to reopen after flood.
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