Karen had a 20-year career in Vermont state government before taking on various roles at Lawson’s Finest Liquids full time. The majority of her time working in government were with the Department of Corrections as their Housing Coordinator, which provided oversight to transitional housing programs statewide. Lawson also managed the Serious and Violent Reentry grant and the annual Facts and Figures data publication. She also worked at the Secretary of State’s office for three years to independently launch the Safe at Home program which provides address confidentiality to victims of violence.

Lawson worked part time for a number of years with Lawson’s Finest Liquids before joining full time in 2017. She was initially responsible for wholesale distribution logistics, a role that transformed into Chief Creative Officer in 2018 upon the launch of the Waitsfield brewery, taproom and retail store. Lawson currently oversees the company’s values-based Social Impact Program which works to support thriving communities.

Karen Lawson is a graduate of the University of Vermont, with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Psychology was obtained at Franklin Pierce University in NH. In her spare time, Karen enjoys doing Pilates, reading, relishing the Vermont summer and enjoying adventures with her two daughters and husband.