Karen Adelman

Senior Communications Strategist

Department: Communications
Phone: 617-933-0704


Ms. Adelman analyses communications challenges and devises effective means of addressing them. She works to connect Greater Boston with MAPC’s principles and services, and supports MAPC’s staff and municipalities with communications consultation and materials. She is the external communications lead for the MetroCommon 2050 process.

Ms. Adelman joined MAPC in 2013 after many years as an independent communications consultant. She worked with a wide variety of clients, large and small, including Beacon Capital Partners, Bacon Street Farm, Sonder Group, Tourtellotte Solutions, Cocoapelli Chocolates, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and many others. She advised clients on matters of marketing strategy, wrote marketing materials, and wrote, edited, and ghostwrote articles, white papers, and several books.

A longtime volunteer participant in the municipal life of Natick, Massachusetts, Ms. Adelman is a member of the Natick Board of Selectmen and represents Precinct 6 on the Natick Town Meeting. She served on the Natick School Committee for six years, was a member of the appointed Finance Committee, the Strategic Plan Review Committee, and the Charter and Bylaw Review Committee. She has worked on strategy and communications for many local political campaigns.

Ms. Adelman holds a B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Areas of expertise: Marketing strategy, persuasive and other writing