Kari Eakins is interim Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Wyoming. For the past three years, she served as the Chief Policy Officer at the Wyoming Department of Education, following nearly four years as the agency’s Communications Director. In both roles she worked to help create opportunities for students and improve transparency and understanding of education.
As CPO, Kari oversaw the Divisions of Standards and Assessment and Accountability, and acted as the agency’s legislative liaison. Before joining the WDE, Kari was an award-winning radio broadcaster. She also served on the Governor’s Council for the Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Celebration, which planned events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Wyoming granting women the right to vote and hold office. She lives in Cheyenne with her husband, Jonathan.