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 activities.

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 said.

Councilor Gilbert wants to hear from her District 5 constituents. Email her at