Karen Flournoy has served as Director of EPA Region 7’s Water Division since November 2011. Beginning in January 2017 Karen is serving as the Acting Deputy Regional Administrator. She served for 6 years as the Region 7 Ag Advisor to the Regional Administrator. Karen joined EPA Region 7 in 1978 in the construction grants program, and has 14 years’ experience in the hazardous waste and superfund programs. She has served as Deputy Director of the air and waste programs and Director of the public affairs office. Karen received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.