An award-winning trailblazer, San Francisco Human Rights Commission Chair Karen Clopton is a champion of human and civil rights, a distinguished DEI attorney and ESG organizational expert, global ethicist, and former Chief Administrative Law Judge.
Serving in executive leadership and board roles for highly regulated public, private, and non-profit organizations, she oversees policy, ethics, operations, complex domestic and global compliance, labor and employment law, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and human resource risk management. Nationally recognized as a civic leader and humanitarian, Commissioner Clopton’s vision and expertise change laws, create programs, and positively impact the bottom line. After graduating cum laude in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College, Commissioner Clopton earned her Juris Doctor from Antioch University School of Law.
She then was awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Maguire Fellowship for postgraduate study in international and comparative labor management relations at the London School of Economics and the ILO in Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently General Counsel and Vice President for Access and Inclusion at Incendio International, Inc. and chairs the American Red Cross Bay Area’s Access, Equity, and Inclusion Cabinet focusing on eliminating racial disparities in disaster relief outcomes.