Commissioner Karen Keys-Gamarra - Planning Commission


Effective January 12th, 2016, Karen Keys-Gamarra was nominated to be a member of the Fairfax County Planning Commission by Sully District Supervisor Kathy L. Smith. Her nomination was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors, and Keys-Gamarra was sworn in on January 13th, 2016 for a term on the Planning Commission that expires December 31st, 2019.

Karen Keys-Gamarra is a graduate of Tulane University and Washington University School of Law. She is an Attorney who currently works as a court-appointed Guardian ad litem in Northern Virginia representing the best interests of children. Ms. Keys-Gamarra has broad experience in the Fairfax community as she collaborates with various state and local agencies to improve the lives of children and families.

Keys-Gamarra has a diverse legal and community involvement background. She has worked at a state agency, non-profit organizations, and in private practice. As an attorney, she has handled a broad range of issues including bankruptcy, consumer concerns, family law, employment discrimination, union disputes and regulatory matters. Keys-Gamarra currently serves as an Advisory Board member for a domestic violence non-profit organization and has previously been appointed to the School Board Budget Task Force. She has also worked for a non-profit organization established to address truck safety regulations nationwide. Keys-Gamarra has extensive experience in working on education related issues. As a citizen, Keys-Gamarra appeared before the Planning Commission in the past.

Keys-Gamarra has an extensive history of leadership in the community. She has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) for children and has assisted in training new CASA volunteers.
Keys-Gamarra has been an active member of her church for 13 years. She and her husband have been married for 26 years. They are the involved parents of three boys who attended FCPS for elementary, middle, and high school.

In Fiscal Year 2016, Keys-Gamarra was a member of the Schools and Parks Committees and an alternate member of the Personnel and Budget Committee. Commissioner Keys-Gamarra was also appointed to the Airports Advisory Committee by the Board of Supervisors in 2016.

Commissioner Keys-Gamarra was featured in the February 2016 issue of the Planning Communicator, which is available online at:


To contact Commissioner Keys-Gamarra, please utilize the contact form at this link.

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