Karen Burklew is a Community Relations Manager at Alabama Power, serving Tuscaloosa and Bibb counties. She is responsible for community development, governmental relations and economic development with the goal of improving quality of life in the communities she serves. She has been employed with Alabama Power for 28 years and has worked in the areas of commercial marketing, residential marketing and customer service. She is a 1989 graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.S. degree in Marketing. She holds certifications from the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager and Residential Energy Auditor. Karen has been an active member of the community over the years, serving as a volunteer with the Rise Center of Tuscaloosa for more than 20 years, and being named “Volunteer of the Year” by the ARC of Tuscaloosa. Additionally, she is a previous member of the Tuscaloosa Homebuilders’ Association and a current member of the Bibb County Chamber of Commerce.