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Karin Strasser Kauffman has been working for the last 34 years to improve the quality of life for the people of Carmel Valley. She worked on Carmel River restoration projects, established after school programs at Tularcitos, served as president of the school site council and as a director of Carmel Valley Property Owners Association.
While teaching at Monterey Peninsula College, Karin Strasser Kauffman was recruited for public office. Karin became our Monterey County Supervisor and served from 1984-1993. She was first elected on a strong environmental platform and reelected without opposition. She twice served as Chair of the Board of Supervisors, including during the closure of Fort Ord and the establishment of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.
She oversaw the adoption of the Carmel Valley Master Plan and established the permanent critical viewshed protection for the Big Sur coast. Upon leaving office, Strasser Kauffman was appointed by the federal Department of Commerce to sit on the newly created Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Council, on which she served as founding chair, representing the public-at-large for seven years. Since then she has also served on the board of directors of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and helped to establish the Monterey Youth Museum (MY Museum).
Karin and her late husband, radiologist Dr. Richard Kauffman have been long time residents along the Carmel River, where they raised their two sons, many dogs, several cats and great tomatoes.