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Karen M. Czarnecki

Professor, Public Policy and International Affairs Internship Seminar


Professor Karen M. Czarnecki teaches the Public Policy and International Affairs Internships Seminar for TFAS U.S. Programs in Washington, D.C.

Czarnecki serves as vice president for outreach for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Previously she served as the director of education at the Law & Economics Center (LEC) at George Mason University School of Law.

Prior to the LEC, Czarnecki worked as chief-of-staff to Rep. Mike Kelly and as a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. She joined the Labor Department in June of 2001, and in June 2003 she was appointed director of the Office of the 21st Century Workforce. In addition, she served as deputy assistant secretary of labor for intergovernmental affairs, giving her responsibility for outreach to state and locally-elected officials. Czarnecki received her bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate degrees from Catholic University of America and is also an alumna of the TFAS ICPES program.

ICPES convinced me that a career in public policy and politics could be rewarding, challenging, demanding and interesting all at the same time. The caliber and intellect of those who attend the programs are exceptional.”

– Professor Karen M. Czarnecki