Biography

A Daughter of Mount Vernon

Karen Corbett Sanders, currently serving as the re-elected Chair of the Fairfax County Public School Board, believes that Fairfax County must provide a world class education to each of its students no matter where they live. Karen is committed to working full-time, as she has for the past three-plus years, to ensure that each school is a center of academic excellence.


Karen takes pride in the fact that the Mount Vernon community has a rich history of developing leaders including George Washington and George Mason. She feels that we owe it to history to ensure Mount Vernon students have access to a world class education in the community's schools. 


Born and raised in Fairfax County, Karen is a retired international business executive, a community advocate for healthcare and education issues, past PTA president, and Odyssey of the Mind coach. She has served on Boards of Directors and operating committees for international telecommunications companies and, locally, on the Quality Board of Inova Children’s Hospital and the Regional Board for Odyssey of the Mind.  


Karen has a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree from Boston University. She serves as a member of the Dean's  Advisor Board for the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development and previously on the parent advisory board of Creighton University. 

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