Karen B. Dietrich


Karen Dietrich is special counsel to Board Member Jay D. Hanson and advises him on all matters that come before the Board for decision. Previously, she was an associate director in the Office of International Affairs where she assisted in developing strategies for implementing the Board’s statutorily-mandated oversight of registered non-U.S. firms. Her work included researching foreign audit oversight frameworks, developing recommendations for cooperation with non-U.S. regulators in inspections and enforcement matters, and negotiating appropriate bilateral arrangements with non-U.S. audit oversight authorities.

Prior to joining the PCAOB in 2007, Ms. Dietrich practiced law with firms in Boston and Washington. She specialized in securities litigation, white collar criminal and civil enforcement matters, and complex commercial litigation.

She earned a B.A. with distinction and a J.D. with high honors, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was also a Morehead Scholar.