Karen J. Baker

Karen Baker

Karen J. Baker is the Chief of BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP). She oversees the responsible development of renewable energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf through conscientious planning, stakeholder engagement, comprehensive environmental analysis, and sound technical review. 

With more than 25 years combined private industry and Department of Defense civilian experience, Karen has served in a variety of leadership positions in strategic planning, energy and environmental policy, and public affairs.

Previously, she was the Regional Programs Director for the North Atlantic Division (NAD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) from 2019 to 2022. She was responsible for the development and execution of all military, civil works, environmental, interagency, and international programs in division’s assigned area of operations in New England and mid-Atlantic states east of the Appalachian Mountains, Europe and Africa with construction placement exceeding $5.0 billion and a workforce of over 3,000 civilian employees and service members. 

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Maryland (1990), a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University (2003), and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College (2010).