Karen Ziegler has over 30 years of experience in criminal justice program administration; budget and finance; and full life cycle grant management. Retired in 2016 as Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, the State Administering Agency (SAA) for US Department of Justice and state criminal justice grants, Ms. Ziegler was responsible for the acquisition; sub award; management; and reporting of over $50 million in federal, state and non-profit grants. In addition to financial management, Ms. Ziegler managed the Arizona Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program – a federal gun and gang violence prevention program, where she was responsible for the state’s strategic approach to reducing gun and gang violence in Arizona. Ms. Ziegler has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University and is also a Certified Grant Writer.
Currently, Ms. Ziegler is providing consulting services to the State of Arizona as the public safety program manager for the Arizona Public Safety Broadband Network (AZ FirstNet) and the state 9-1-1 Program. Ms. Ziegler is also a Funding Consultant for Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology.