Karen Wilkins-Mickey (she/her) joined the Seahawks in January 2021 and brings over 20 years of DEI leadership experience to the team. In her role, Karen leads the Seahawks' overall DEI strategy, and acts as a liaison for the team, its senior management group, players and the community to drive strategic DEI initiatives and programs. She also oversees the team's internal DEI Council, represents the team for NFL social justice initiatives, and acts as an internal consultant to department leaders across the team's football and business operations to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are part of the decision-making process throughout the organization.
Prior to the Seahawks, Karen was Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Alaska Airlines, and has previously held diversity and inclusion leadership roles within Expedia Group and Microsoft. She recently completed the first McKinsey Black Executive Leadership Program and is a founding member of the DEI Community of Practice, which is a growing network of professionals committed to establishing and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion practices within Seattle-area organizations. She was recently appointed to the Leadership Council for UNCF, which supports a goal of providing every local minority student with the funds they need to support their college education. She was honored in 2018 by the Seattle Mariners as part of African American Heritage Day, where she was recognized for her contributions to the Northwest community. She is also a Certified Diversity Recruiter.
A native of New York City, Karen has Bachelor's Degree in Communications from California State University Chico. She lives in Bothell, Wash. with her husband Korey and two teenage children, Kyra and Kaden.