Karen Freeman-Wilson is the immediate past CEO of The National Association of Drug Court Professionals and Executive Director of The National Drug Court Institute based in Washington, D.C. She consulted with the Office of White House Drug Control Policy, the Department of Justice and other agencies in the creation and implementation of drug policy. As the twice-elected Gary City Judge, she helped pioneer the drug court movement in Indiana.
Freeman-Wilson has also demonstrated public service and leadership in state government as Indiana Attorney General and the Executive Director of The Indiana Civil Rights Commission. In 2000, she was named one of the “Top 100 to Watch” by the National Democratic Leadership Council and was invited to address the 2000 National Democratic Convention in Los Angeles.
Her contributions have also been acknowledged by U.S. Drug Czars, Indiana Governors and Supreme Court Justices throughout the United States.
She is a member of Israel CME church in Gary and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
In November 2011, Karen Freeman-Wilson was elected the first woman to lead the steel city of Gary, IN and the first African-American female mayor in the State of Indiana.
A native of Gary, Indiana, Freeman-Wilson has been married to Carmen Wilson, Jr. for more than 20 years. Together they have a blended family of 3 daughters and a son.
She was valedictorian of her graduating class at Roosevelt High School and went on to become an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.