“Our Yahara lakes are the center of our community. They are our biggest parks and provide opportunity for recreation, engagement, education, and connection. We must protect our lakes for future generations to use and enjoy.”Karin Swanson
Marketing & Communications Manager
Karin has been the Marketing & Communications Manager at Clean Lakes Alliance since 2018. In her role, Karin creates and manages content for the Clean Lakes Alliance website and social media pages. Karin helps manage content for the monthly Lake-O-Gram, Greater Madison Lake Guide, and the State of the Lakes Annual Report. She also supports major events and produces material for various internal and external communications.
Before coming to Clean Lakes Alliance, Karin worked as a Meteorologist for two television stations in Madison, Wisconsin and two television stations in Wausau, Wisconsin. She is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist through the American Meteorological Society and a member of the National Weather Association.
Karin also worked for two private forecasting companies, providing forecasts to various cities and counties, radio stations, construction companies, golf courses, power companies, and ski resorts. Karin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science and in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000.
Karin’s love of the lakes developed when she was a child living in Minnesota. She spent many summer weekends at her grandparents’ cabin on a lake in northern Minnesota. She learned to swim, canoe, fish, and drive a boat on that lake. Her love of the lakes continued in college when she was a member of the University of Wisconsin Women’s Lightweight Rowing Team. Her (very early) mornings were spent on Lake Mendota rowing with her team, or beside the lake on an ergometer.
Karin lives in Fitchburg with her husband and super sweet son and daughter. When Karin isn’t at work she’s busy playing chauffeur for her kids’ many activities. Karin enjoys cooking, hiking, camping, and exploring in her free time.