Karen Charles Peterson is the Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications Cable. She formerly served as Chief of Staff for the Department. Prior to joining the Department, she served as acting Chief of Staff for the MBTA. Karen has years of leadership experience in city and state government, including Chief of Staff of the Executive Office of Transportation and of the Registry of Motor Vehicles. For 5 years she was the booking producer for the award winning news program, Greater Boston with Emily Rooney on WGBH. Karen is a 1993 graduate of Suffolk University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. She is a 1997 graduate of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Karen is the past president of the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), and the 1999 recipient of the Wonder Woman Award from The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. Karen served as a Trustee at the Advent School in Boston, where she recently led the search for the new Head of School. Karen’s hobbies include reading and traveling. She lives in Boston with her husband, Kevin C. Peterson.