Councilor District 5
Councilor Karen Gilbert, a native Tulsan, has been a proud
District 5 resident for the nearly 15 years. She's been married to
her husband, Tom, for more than 21 years. The couple has three
teenage children: Marshall, Peyton and Karsten.
Gilbert has been employed with Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) for
the past twelve years, working in both administrative and lead
teaching capacities in early education settings. She was a finalist
of the Tulsa Public School's Support Employee of the Year, chosen
out of 3,000 candidates.
Councilor Gilbert is very involved in her community,
particularly with TPS. She has served in numerous leadership
positions in the Parent Teacher Association throughout the years,
including: Memorial High School PTA president, vice president for
TCPTA, Key Elementary PTA president, and Byrd Middle School PTA
president. She also served on the advisory council for "Project
Schoolhouse," where she organized and moderated Community Town Hall
Forums during the planning and implementation of school closures.
She served on a Bullying Task Force, which initiated a bullying
policy for the school district. Gilbert also created and
implemented a mentoring program between Key Elementary and Memorial
High School called "Chargers in Charge" which involved high school
students engaging elementary students in leadership and athletic
Gilbert has accomplishments outside of TPS, too. She was a 2011
Honoree of the Festival of Hope, which was chaired by Governor Mary
Fallin. She also is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa, class 49.
Councilor Gilbert said she is eager to bring her experience of
affecting positive change to Tulsa's city government.
"I believe there are workable solutions to enhance the quality
of life in Tulsa and in all facets of city government," Gilbert
Councilor Gilbert wants to hear from her District 5
constituents. Email her at email@example.com.