Karen St. John recently "early retired" as Group Vice President - Environment for the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) where she built up a team that addressed regulatory and policy environmental issues world-wide. She is a seasoned professional with many years of experience leading environmental advocacy efforts and building corporate social responsibility programs, working with government regulators and officials both in the U.S. and internationally.
Before her role at IAGC, St. John worked as the Senior Director Regulatory Affairs Manager at BP America, working across its various business units and corporate functions on numerous environmental regulatory and legislative policies. Prior to that, she worked with Jakarta-based BP Indonesia and Baku-based BP Azerbaijan putting together their environmental and social strategies and organizations to support their growing multi-billion dollar business portfolios. She has worked in a number of corporate capacities for Amoco and BP including Government & public affairs; Environment, health and safety, and Internal audit located in London, Washington DC, and Chicago. St. John began her petroleum career with the American Petroleum Institute, and has also supported the U.S. Department of Energy in a consulting capacity.
St. John graduated from the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, from Duke University with a Masters in Environmental Management, from Ohio State University with a Masters of Business Administration, and from Georgetown University with Executive Certificates in International Business Management and International Negotiations. She is a member of the Women’s Energy Network, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Meridian Council Women’s Leadership Network and Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment.