Karen Leibovici in 2013
|Legislative Assembly of Alberta|
|Preceded by||Grant Mitchell|
|Succeeded by||Bob Maskell|
|Edmonton City Councillor, Ward 1|
Serving with Stephen Mandel, Linda Sloan
|Preceded by||Leroy Chahley, Wendy Kinsella|
|Succeeded by||Dual-member wards abolished|
|Edmonton City Councillor, Ward 5|
|Preceded by||New single-member ward|
|Succeeded by||Michael Oshry|
May 27, 1952|
|Spouse(s)||Stephen Ivan Zepp|
|Alma mater||McGill University|
Following a career as a social worker, Leibovici was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in 1993, representing Edmonton Meadowlark as a member of the Alberta Liberal Party. She held that seat for two terms until her defeat in 2001. While MLA, she held the positions of labour critic, health critic, intergovernmental affairs critic and caucus whip.
In the 2001 Edmonton municipal election she was elected to city council, and was subsequently re-elected in 2004 and 2007 for Ward 1 and 2010 for Ward 5. She has served as chair or vice chair of the community services, executive and transportation and public works committees, and the Edmonton Police Commission.
While on the city council, Leibovici was a board member for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for nine years, and was acclaimed as the president in 2013. She was influential in spearheading the city's 10-year plan to end homelessness, revitalizing retail in west Edmonton, and through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, brokered a $53 billion infrastructure plan with the federal government for funding municipal projects across the country.
2013 municipal election