Director of State Policies

Karen O’Keefe

As the director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, Karen manages grassroots and direct lobbying efforts in state legislatures for the largest nonprofit that is focused solely on marijuana policy reform.

Working closely with local advocates and lawmakers, her team has led the successful advocacy campaigns to enact seven medical marijuana laws, six decriminalization measures, and a legalization law through state legislatures. Karen’s department is spearheading coalitions that are advocating to regulate marijuana like alcohol in six state legislatures.

Karen earned her J.D. from Loyola School of Law, New Orleans. She is admitted to the Bar in the District of Columbia and lives in West Hollywood, California.