Karen Coutts holds several governance roles relevant to Māori social and economic development within te ao Māori and the Crown. She is the Moeraki representative on Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Previously Karen has had a career holding senior operational management roles in the UK in social development and senior policy roles in government in Wellington across social and then economic development with a Māori focus. Her most recent policy role was to lead policy advice on the Māori economy at the Reserve Bank NZ. Karen holds a Master Public Policy. She affiliates to Ngāi Tahu and Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki.