Karen McKeown has been a member of the ALP and her local Emu Plains Branch for over 20 years. During that time Karen has held many positions within the Party, including Penrith SEC Secretary, FEC delegate and Conference delegate. Karen serves on the Administrative Committee and Women's Forum.
Karen was elected as a Labor Councillor to Penrith Council in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 and served as Deputy Mayor in 2006-07 and Mayor in 2015-2016.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Western Sydney University, majoring in Management with double sub-majors in Law and Employee Relations. Karen also holds a Labour Law certificate from Sydney University, and the Executive Certificate for Elected Members from UTS.