Mayor McAdams Taps Child Advocate for Salt Lake County Human Services Associate Director

03 November 2014 Published in Press Release Archive

Salt Lake City – Mayor Ben McAdams announced that Karen Crompton would be joining Salt Lake County as Associate Director of Human Services in December.

photoCrompton joined Voices for Utah Children in 2001. During her 13 years with the organization, she developed, led and managed numerous efforts to benefit children and families, including passage of Utah’s first preschool legislation for at-risk children, strengthening and expanding access to children’s health care coverage through CHIP and Medicaid, securing funding for all-day kindergarten, passage of legislation to address intergenerational poverty, and preservation of legislation that provides for in-state tuition at Utah colleges and universities for undocumented students. Over the past decade, Crompton has represented Voices for Utah Children on many boards and advisory groups nationally and within the state.

“Karen has built a strong team of professional advocates who are highly respected,” said Board Chair Kathleen Murphy. She added that in 2007, “The Stanford Social Innovation Review called Voices for Utah Children the state's best-known advocate for children's issues, and the go-to source for the media, state agencies, and elected officials on issues affecting children." 

In 2006, Voices for America’s Children honored Crompton with their Florette Angel Award for “exceptional leadership, perceptive organizational vision, innovative advocacy, and effective service on behalf of children and their families.” She received the YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award in Government and Public Service award and the Molina Community Champions Award for Advocacy in 2007. In 2014, the Utah Community Foundation named Karen a member of their “Enlightened 50.”  She was recently selected by the Salt Lake chapter of the Public Relations Society of America as this year's Community Activist of the Year, which will be presented at the group's annual awards dinner on November 13.

The Voices for Utah Children Board of Trustees will undertake search efforts for a new President/CEO. During the transition, executive responsibilities will be assumed by Voices for Utah Children’s Deputy Director, Terry Haven.