Dennis Karras

Current or Previous Title: CEO, Karras Consultinv

Area of Expertise: Human Resources, Executive Coaching, Employment Law, Organizational Development, Policy, Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Executive Search, Compensation, Employee Relations

Short Bio: Dennis is Co-Founder & CEO of Karras Consulting and leads executive searches, management, and operations for the firm. Dennis has more than 25 years of state government executive and legislative experience, including 10 years as the State Director of Personnel under two previous Governors. As a member of their Executive Cabinets, he administered the statewide human resource management system covering approximately 90,000 employees in state agencies, colleges and universities. From 1993 to 2001, he oversaw Washington State’s Executive Search Services providing solutions for public agencies seeking dynamic executive-level leaders. During this time, Executive Search Services successfully placed over 300 executives in state and local government, higher education, and boards and commissions. Dennis also served more than six years as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the $1.5 billion Washington State Employees Credit Union, the second largest not-for-profit credit union in Washington State. He has an undergraduate degree in liberal arts and a certificate from the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Business advanced Human Resource Executive Program.

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