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:
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.