Karen Beckman is responsible for the financial oversight of the Seahawks, First & Goal, Inc., and Seattle Soccer LLC. She is charged with establishing budgets, forecasting and managing cash flow. She also oversees the teams’ financial reporting and analysis as well as reporting to the Public Stadium Authority. Another aspect of this position is analyzing and handling economic challenges and opportunities as they relate to the National Football League and Major League Soccer. Beckman originally joined the Seahawks in 1991 as a staff accountant and was promoted to her current position in May 2009. In 1990, Beckman was loaned to the Seahawks from the public accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Company to assist in the Seahawks accounting department before being hired full-time the following year. Promoted to controller in 1997, Beckman was promoted to Finance Director of the Seahawks in 2003 and added the same responsibility for First & Goal, Inc., in 2005. She was selected to attend the Inaugural Stanford Executive Education NFL Program for Managers in 2003. Beckman grew up in the North Seattle area before moving overseas where she lived in Tehran, Iran, from 1974-78. She returned to the states and graduated from Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School at the age 16. She went on to earn a B.A. in Accounting from Seattle University. Beckman currently lives in Maple Valley, Wash.