Karen Blakelock is the Climate and Energy Policy Advisor for TNC Maine. As part of the Government Relations team, she helps bring TNC’s science-based approach to policy solutions. Prior to joining TNC, Karen worked as a policy analyst with the U.S. Climate Alliance at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C. She also spent many years working seasonally at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, teaching outdoor education and leading kayaking, canoeing and hiking expeditions across the state. From these experiences she has a great appreciation for the woods, waters and communities across Maine. She has a master’s degree in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law and Graduate School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Lawrence University.