Meet Commissioner Karen McCandless

Karen McCandless has been serving on the Utah Commission for Service and Volunteerism since May of 2017. She is currently the Executive Director at Community Action Services & Food Bank in Provo. She is no stranger to service! She served for 13 years on the Orem City Council, currently serves on several boards of directors, and is even a substitute driver for Meals on Wheels!

She answered a few questions to help us get to know her better:

Q: If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning the gold medal in?

A: Fly Swatting

Q: What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

A: How economic class affects our communities

Q: What movie title best describes your life?

A: It’s a Wonderful Life

Q: If you could join any past or current music group, which would you join?

A: London Symphony Orchestra or Pink Floyd

Q: Current humble-brag?

A: I have the world’s cutest, smartest, and best grandchild.


We are so lucky to have Karen on our team! You can learn more about our full commission here.