Karen Plunkett is a Professional Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Ms. Plunkett focuses primarily on matters involving independent audits, including oversight of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) on audit policy related matters, and assessments of internal control over financial reporting. Ms. Plunkett’s responsibilities also include following the activities of international auditing standard setters, consulting with registrants on internal control matters and related reporting, supporting other divisions and offices of the SEC in their interactions with registrants and auditors, and participating in the development of the SEC’s rule proposals.

Prior to joining the Commission in 2015, Ms. Plunkett was a senior manager in the Seattle office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and also spent two years in the National Office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy from Gonzaga University. Ms. Plunkett is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Washington.