Karis Alderson, Trustee

Karis values the arts and the positive impact it has on individuals and believes a community as outstanding as the Tri-Cities deserves a performing arts center. As an enthusiastic student of ballet in her youth, Karis Alderson used the qualities a dancer develops – discipline, perseverance and self-motivation– to build a successful 30-year career in strategic planning for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

Ms. Alderson joined PNNL in 1984 as a Contract Associate. Five years later she assumed her first management role, overseeing a team of project management specialists. In addition to her management responsibilities, she also was a deputy operations manager, which included managing facility, property, and other workplace compliance issues, and conducting management and organizational assessments.

In the early 1990s, Ms. Alderson shepherded the development of a new management structure for one of PNNL’s research organizations, and went on to launch and manage the technology commercialization function for the Environmental Technology Directorate, a role that involved assessing invention disclosures for patent applications, and then negotiate license agreements with industrial partners. Currently, Ms. Alderson is a member of the Planning and Analysis Group for the Energy and Environment Directorate (EED) at PNNL. In EED she transferred her focus to strategic planning, partnering with directorate leadership to chart EED’s course and ensure the organization continues to deliver impact to the nation and world.

Some of her responsibilities include competitive analysis, tracking federal budgets and bills and program manager for the internal Laboratory Directed Research and Development investments. Ms. Alderson holds a BA in Finance from Eastern Washington University and an MBA from City University.

She has served on many economic development boards and non-profit organizations including Hanford High Drama Booster Club Secretary, Christ the King School’s Sausage Fest, TRIDEC’s Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative, and past Vice President of the Northwest Environment Business Council.


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Tue Jul 25 @ 9:30AM - 11:30PM
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Wed Jul 26 @ 9:30AM - 11:30PM
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Thu Jul 27 @ 9:30AM - 11:30PM
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