Committed to Community
Karen Liot Hill is a City Councilor in Lebanon, New Hampshire, mother of two daughters who attended Lebanon public schools, and former owner of the Lebanon Diner, which was forced to close in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Currently serving in her eighth term on the City Council, Karen served as the appointed Mayor of the city in 2008-09. Karen's focus has been primarily on issues of sustainability - fiscal and environmental - and increasing the accessibility, transparency, and accountability of her local government. She has been the City Council representative to the Energy Committee, which she helped to create, the Westboro Yard downtown revitalization committee, Cable Access Television, the Economic Development Commission and has chaired the city's task force on homelessness in 2018 and the Welcoming Lebanon task force in 2020. In 2009, Karen signed on to the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, on behalf of the City of Lebanon.
Karen is very active in her community as well as the state. She has served on the boards of the New Hampshire Municipal Association, Vital Communities, and Wise. Karen was the Lebanon Middle School PTO president while her youngest daughter attended school there. She has been the musical director for Middle School drama productions and was the song leader at the First Baptist Church of Lebanon for many years. She was named one of New Hampshire's top "40 Under 40" by the Union Leader newspaper in 2010 and the "Ted Kennedy Young Official of the Year" by the New Hampshire Young Democrats in 2009. Karen is a member of Dartmouth's Class of 2000, graduating with Honors in Government.
The Lebanon Times