Living My Values, Representing Ours

My Pledges to You

  • I will represent YOU, the constituents of our District, whether you vote for me or not, whether you donate to my campaign or not.
  • As I represent the needs and priorities of our District as your elected US Representative, I will also be mindful of our state, our nation, and our world.
  • I will listen to you, and ask questions to better understand your needs, priorities, and concerns.
  • If I don’t know the answer to your question off the top of my head, I will research the answer and respond to you at my first opportunity.

Early Political / Academic Activity

COMMITTEE TO ELECT KAREN HAMILTON JUDGE

Primary Campaign VolunteerApril – June 1990

REPRESENTATIVE LEON PANETTA D-CA (16TH DISTRICT)

DC Office Legislative InternJanuary – May 1991

Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA

Bachelor of Arts – Honors Government / French Dual MajorsMay 1993


Recent Volunteer Activities

Some folks, “Put their money where their mouth is!

Not only do I do that, I also put my time, my efforts, AND my children where my mouth is!

For that reason, over the last several years, I have focused my volunteer time and effort in my children’s Title I public schools, which have high percentages of children from low-income families. My experience has been that schools benefit from active parental involvement, but I recognize that not all working parents have the flexibility my employer has provided me, to be able to volunteer during school hours. So, I make the commitment each year to support our local public schools by serving on the PTA and working with other nonprofit organizations that serve our student body.

It was through my children’s classmates that I became aware of the number of Gwinnett County students living precariously in Extended Stay motels. I have since become an advocate for protecting these residents from homelessness. I am now working with a variety of local nonprofits who serve to prevent and remedy homelessness in our community.

GWINNETT COUNTY HOMELESSNESS CONTINUUM OF CARE

AdvocateDecember 2016 – Present

NORCROSS HOTELS/MOTELS/EXTENDED STAYS ORDINANCE REPEAL

AdvocateDecember 2016 – March 2017

SUMMEROUR MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA

Secretary2016 – 2017
Secretary2015 – 2016

GARDENS FOR GROWING COMMUNITIES

Winning Grant Writer2015 – 2016

NORCROSS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTA

Vice-President2014 – 2015
Co-President2013 – 2014
Vice-President2012 – 2013
President2011 – 2012


Career

I’ve spent my career in managed healthcare and related software industries, as an independent contributor managing complex projects with diverse teams, to deliver services and deliverables within strict time and budget constraints. My 20+ years of experience, in a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations, has allowed me to develop an appreciation for the complexity of the healthcare economy and the need to balance the health and well-being of Americans with our nation’s financial interests.

I bring to the US House of Representatives an understanding that Congress functions best when its Members ask the right questions, listen with an open mind to all the answers given, and then work collaboratively to address the nation’s issues. No single Member of Congress is the boss, it is a team of 435 Individual Contributors in the House and 100 in the Senate. Each Member must be willing to learn the details of proposed legislation before voting on any bill or amendment. I’ve managed DC lobbyists and know that theirs are not the only voices that must be heard to develop effective legislation. I’ve written policies and procedures, and worked within organizations to see the outcome of such policy development, and am committed to the same depth of preparation in the House.

Listed below are the American companies I’ve worked for throughout my career. I bring to Congress a connection to many facets of our economy, as my former employers represent a cross-section of the US economy, from start-ups to multi-million dollar companies, nonprofits to family farms.

PAID IN AMERICA, INC.

Founder and CEONovember 2014 – Present

Envisioned, designed and built a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to promote American employers that pay a living wage, by permitting use of the PiA trademark to living-wage paying employers and providing free access to a searchable database of such employers via website or app for American consumers and job-seekers.

NON-PROFIT HEALTHCARE COMPANY – PROGRAM OFFICE, BASED IN GEORGIA REGION

Business Process Consultant, Risk Management Shared ServiceJanuary 2015 – Present
Consultant, Sales Operations, Georgia RegionJune 2009 – December 2014

VALUESPACE STORAGE

General Manager (PART-TIME)October 2007 – September 2008

VIRGINIA MASON MEDICAL CENTER

Clinical Analyst/Systems Application Programmer IIIMay 2003 – November 2005

LYNX MEDICAL SYSTEMS

Client Implementation ManagerFebruary 2002 – January 2003

UNITED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CORP.

Business ConsultantSeptember – December 2001

INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE PARTNERS

Senior Account Manager2000 – July 2001
Senior Project Manager1999 – 2000
Project Manager1997 – 1999

MERIT BEHAVIORAL CARE CORP.

Manager of Government Affairs1996 – August 1997
Research Analyst (Government Affairs/State & Fed. Govt. Markets)1995 – 1996
Administrative Assistant (Marketing)May 1994 – 1995

SYVA COMPANY

Executive Administrative Assistant Long-term temp.October 1993 – March 1994

TEAM XEROX – PRECISION COPY SYSTEMS

Document Systems Sales SpecialistJuly 1993 – October 1993

Private Employer

In-home NannyMay 1993 – July 1993

CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE – OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS

Head Student AssistantAugust 1992 – May 1993
Assistant to the Dean of StudentsSeptember 1989 – May 1992

LAW OFFICES OF KAREN J. HAMILTON

Legal Secretary/Office ManagerFull/part time 1987 – 1992

Private Employer

HousekeeperSeptember 1988 – July 1989

F.A.S.T. TRAVEL

Office Clerk/Travel AssistantPart time October 1985 – May 1988

SWANSON FAMILY APRICOT ORCHARDS

Farm LaborerSummer 1986