Karen Steen

Communications Director

Communications and Engagement

Communications strategy, media inquiries, policy reports, voter guide
(415) 644-4287

Karen Steen oversees SPUR’s print and online publications, including our policy reports, voter guide, website, blog and email newsletters. A journalist specializing in architecture and urban planning, Karen has written for Metropolis, ReadyMade, I.D., Time Out New York and the New York Times. Her book Crystal Cove Cottages, a profile of a historic community in Southern California, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Karen has been an editor at CBS Interactive, Metropolis magazine, Pulitzer-winning newspaper Willamette Week and literary magazine Swink. She has taught writing at Pratt Institute and the New School University, and performed her written work at venues such as The Moth urban storytelling series.