Re-Elect Kari Brandenburg for District Attorney
Re-Elect Kari Brandenburg for District Attorney



A Head Start on Service

Volunteering has always been essential to Kari. She first was introduced to the concept of giving back at the age of eight, when her paternal grandfather died of a heart attack.

In hopes that others would be able to avoid the tragedy of heart disease, she wrote and performed plays in the family garage for neighborhood kids, then donated all the proceeds to the American Heart Association.

Later, under the tutelage and supervision of Cleveland Middle School counselor Ray Veseth, Kari got involved in tutoring children and remodeling the South Broadway Community Center, enriching experiences that inspired her to pursue service throughout her life.

Continuing Commitment

As a teenager, Kari was given the opportunity to be a candy striper at Presbyterian Hospital, touring the halls with her candy cart or transporting patients to and from the x-ray department.

During college, Kari worked at a free medical clinic and joined the Big Brother Big Sister Program, an organization that she continued to work with upon returning home to Albuquerque after finishing law school.

Several years later, in 1983, she became a foster parent to three young children.

Family Life

In 1984, Kari started a family of her own. Dedicating her free time to her four children, she took on many roles: Room Parent, Soccer Mom, Roller Hockey Mom, and whatever else the occasion called for. (Kari probably holds the parental world’s record for school field trips!)

When her second child, Skye, died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Kari became active in the New Mexico SIDS Chapter, in order to honor the memory of her daughter. She served as president of the organization for eight years and had frequent contact with families who had recently lost an infant to SIDS.

Nonprofit Boards

Kari has served, or is currently serving, on the following nonprofit boards:

-Women’s Community Association (2000-2004)
-La Familia (2002-present)
-The One Hundred Club  (2004 –present) (President 2009-2011)

In 2006 and 2007, she participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.