Karen Randal

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Director of Business Attraction and Retention
Department of Commerce
One Parkway
1515 Arch Street, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 683 - 2127
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Ms. Randal is the Director of Business Attraction and Retention for the Department of Commerce of the City of Philadelphia. She joined the City of Philadelphia, Department of Commerce in February 2007 as Manager of Commercial Development and Attraction. In March 2009, Ms. Randal was promoted by the Nutter Administration to serve as the City’s first Director of Business Attraction. In this capacity, she is responsible for attracting businesses in the financial sector, life sciences, the creative economy, retail, professional services, industrial and sustainable manufacturing and international.

Ms. Randal serves on the Mayor’s Sustainability Initiative and the City’s Business Attraction and Retention Team. She is the Mayor’s designee to the Reading Terminal Market Corporation Board of Directors, serves on the Advisory Board for Philly Startup Leaders and is on the executive committee of the Green Economy Task Force. Karen is a member of the Sustainable Business Network.

Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Ms. Randal was Vice President Eastern Americas for the Jerde Partnership, an international urban planning and architectural firm. She was responsible for revenue generation focused on urban revitalization, mixed-use, master planning and waterfront development.

Her career began in design in 1973 at Skidmore Owings & Merrill in Chicago, later becoming the firm’s first business development executive located in New York City. She was recruited to create the national business development department for Swanke Hayden Connell Architects NYC, additionally identifying and opening new office locations in the US and Europe. In 1988, Ms. Randal founded Randal Resources based on her experience with professional service firms and manufacturers, having worked for Fieldcrest Industries in the development of Karastan’s commercial carpet division and BASF. Utilizing this experience, Ms. Randal consulted with a range of companies providing product development, sales and marketing, branding and legislative lobbying.

Ms. Randal's career evolved into economic development when she was recruited by Exelon as Regional Director of Economic Development, where she worked with all agencies and authorities involved in the attraction, retention and expansion of companies in Philadelphia County. She was promoted into Exelon’s core business as Strategic Development Director during Pennsylvania’s deregulation. She was ultimately promoted to Director of Real Estate as a direct report to the President.

Playing an active role in urban redevelopment, smart growth and sustainability, Ms. Randal serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Urban Land Institute’s Philadelphia District Council. She is a founding executive board member of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation 1995 to 2000. She has served at the national and local level, as an active Board Member of CoreNet Global, a commercial real estate association since 1986. She is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Ms. Randal is a graduate of Ohio State University and has taught at Purdue University, the University of Cincinnati and The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.