Karyn Strickler is founder & president of Vote Climate U.S. PAC. She has executive-level experience leading successful statewide and national issue advocacy, congressional, U.S. Senate and ballot measure campaigns.
Karyn conceptualized, initiated and led the development of Vote Climate U.S. PAC’s first-of-its-kind Voter’s Guide in 2018, which gives every incumbent and challenger for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate a – Climate Calculation – ranging from Climate Hero to Zero, helping Americans to vote climate in voting booths across the country. Never before has a national climate change Voter’s Guide assessed incumbents and challengers, nearly 1,000 total candidates. Nor has there ever been a climate change Voter’s Guide that goes beyond votes to assess incumbent’s position and leadership on climate change, plus support for a fee on carbon.
In 2016, Vote Climate U.S. PAC used a targeted, paid, social media campaigns to advance our priority candidates. Our Holy BLEEP Mabel ads reached almost 1.15 million people in priority districts with video-view rates between 70-80%.
Under Karyn’s leadership as executive director, MD NARAL made history passing legislation to put the principles of Roe vs. Wade onto Maryland’s law books. “Abortion Politics in American States,” calls Karyn a “gifted grassroots organizer.” As executive director of the MD NARAL PAC, Karyn won 100% of targeted state senate races in Maryland creating a pro-choice, supermajority.
Karyn was the executive director of the national Endangered Species Coalition. She hosted and produced the first and only TV show dedicated exclusively to climate change, called “Climate Challenge.” She worked in Botswana Africa to train women in the campaign skills necessary to run for public office, doubling the number of women in Parliament in a single election cycle. She is an international lecturer and trainer on grassroots organizing and fundraising for United States Department of State. Karyn was the finance director for Congressman Chris Van Hollen’s (MD-8) breakthrough race in 2002, raising an historic amount of money.
Karyn Strickler earned her BA in Political Science at McDaniel College, where she was a member of Pi Gamma Mu, an international social science honor society. She is a Chesapeakeman, Ironman triathlon, age-group champion with 140.6 total miles of swimming, biking and running.