Karen Hobbs works closely with the chief policy advocacy officer as principal deputy and advisor for the planning, management, and operations of the Center for Policy Advocacy. She also helps coordinate NRDC advocacy priorities and activities with Programs, Communications, and other NRDC departments. Since joining the organization in 2009, Hobbs has led NRDC's Great Lakes policy and managed the Midwest climate team as deputy director of the Midwest program. Prior to NRDC, Hobbs was the first deputy commissioner for Chicago's Department of the Environment, where she oversaw the development of the city's climate action plan. During the Clinton administration, she served as associate director of the White House Task Force on Livable Communities and as director of the American Heritage Rivers Initiative at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Hobbs holds a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master's in public policy from the University of Chicago. She is based in NRDC's Chicago office.