About ICF

Karen Crawford

Managing Director, Archaeology
Karen assists federal, state, and local clients with cultural resource compliance, with over 25 years of experience in cultural resources management.

Karen manages cultural resources manager for our Southern California practice. She serves as a technical leader on projects throughout California and the western United States. Karen brings over 25 years of comprehensive experience preparing documentation to meet the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act , National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and CEQA-Plus. She has written or overseen numerous cultural resources research designs, technical reports, consultation and agreement documents, findings of effect, and mitigation and monitoring plans.

Karen frequently assists agencies by coordinating Section 106 State Historic Preservation Office and tribal consultation, and CEQA-mandated AB52 tribal consultation. She has coordinated tribal input and participation with dozens of tribes on numerous projects.

Karen performs internal quality assurance reviews for technical reports and NEPA and CEQA impact analyses. She frequently serves as an expert third-party cultural resources reviewer, ensuring technical studies and environmental analyses meet federal, state, and local compliance requirements.

Karen meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for Archaeology and is a registered professional archaeologist.

"I lead a team of archaeologists, historians, and architectural historians, actively engage in cultural and multi-disciplinary business development and proposals, advise clients on various aspects of cultural resources compliance, and ensure the work my team produces is technically excellent and compliant with all applicable laws and regulations. We take great pride in our work and are committed to ethically and efficiently guiding projects through to approval."
  • Registered Professional Archaeologist #15538
  • M.A., University of California, Davis
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach