Bio: Achieving Excellence Through Truth, Innovation, Integrity and Inclusion Nationally renowned, Commissioner Karen V. Clopton is the chair of San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission, an ESG organizational expert, former CPUC Chief Administrative Law Judge, and distinguished DEI attorney serving in executive leadership and board roles for highly regulated public, private, and non-profit organizations. With over 20 years of experience in policy, finance, operations, and labor law, she has deep expertise in corporate ESG, global ethics, governance, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, environmental, natural resources, and water resources, and human resource risk management. Appointed Human Rights Commissioner for the City of San Francisco in 2018 by Mayor London Breed, elected Chair in 2021, Commissioner Clopton advises the Executive Director on human rights, presides over Commission meetings, and provides a forum for mediating and resolving issues to individuals, community groups, businesses, and government agencies. As former General Counsel of the California Department of Corporations, Chief of Operations for the Port of San Francisco, and Chief of Operations and Corporate Counsel for the SFSU Foundation, Inc., she oversaw P&L, portfolio management, hiring, training, and management across distributed teams. Throughout her career, Commissioner Clopton has served on executive management and strategic planning teams, managed hundreds of employees, led over 70 attorneys and 40 judges, and controlled budgets of $10-45 million and a portfolio of $125 million. Her demonstrated expertise includes ethics, professional responsibility, human resources management, diversity outreach and education, staff development, communications, legislative affairs, team building, statutory and contract compliance, and environmental health and safety. Her work has resulted in new laws impacting global commerce. Driving policy innovation, consumer protection, and inclusion, Commissioner Clopton served on the State Bar of California’s Commission on the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct; the Council on Access and Fairness; and the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform. An accomplished author and lecturer, she served on the Editorial Board of the California Labor and Employment Law Review and chaired the State Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Executive Committee. Nationally recognized and highly decorated as a public figure, and a board member of organizations such as the American Red Cross (Bay Area Chapter), National Association of the Administrative Law Judiciary Board of Governors, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and the League of Women Voters (President, San Francisco Chapter), Commissioner Clopton helps organizations grow, refine processes, and adapt to evolving public attitudes to become more diverse, inclusive, and equitable while still focusing on the bottom line and core values. Commissioner Clopton graduated from Vassar College cum laude, earned her Juris Doctor from Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C., and was awarded the prestigious Maguire Fellowship for post graduate study at the London School of Economics. She is fluent in Spanish, speaks conversational Italian and French, and lives in San Francisco, California.
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