Alumna Karrin Kunasek Taylor, executive vice president for DMB Associates, received two bachelor’s degrees in history and political science as well as a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University, which prepared her for multiple prominent positions in government and law. Currently, Taylor is responsible for DMB’s on-going land use entitlement matters at the local, regional, state and federal level. She also handles public affairs, government affairs and other value-enhancing activities for the company.
How do you feel your degree program prepared you for your career?
My history and political science degrees prepared me for jobs in government and law. I believe my resume and educational background helped me land my first job at the White House working for President Ronald Reagan. Without my education from ASU, I wouldn’t have had that opportunity.
Can you give a brief overview of what you’re doing now?
Currently, I am the executive vice president for DMB Associates, a master-planned community developer based in Scottsdale with projects in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Utah. I am responsible for on-going land use entitlement matters at the local, regional, state and federal level. I also handle public affairs, government affairs and other value-enhancing efforts for the company.
What do you believe contributed the most to your career success?
I believe my parents contributed most to my success. They instilled a strong work ethic, a love of Arizona and reminded me often of the importance of integrity.
Did you receive any awards, scholarships or accomplishments at ASU that helped you along the way?
Yes, I served as president of Associated Students of ASU during my last year. In 1988, I was named Woman of the Year and participated in several campus organizations.
What does it mean for you to be an alumni leader and a role model for other ASU students?
I am proud to be an ASU alum. The reputation of the institution has dramatically improved over the years that being an alum today is quite valuable. It means a lot to me to be able to be a role model for other ASU students and show them that through hard work, persistence and a passion for what you do always tends to pay off.
Do you have any advice for current students to help them succeed in their respective careers?
Find your passion and give it all you got – if you are able to do this, you will never have to “work” a day in your life. Also, start each day counting your blessings. We have so many blessings and as Americans we should never lose sight of the opportunities available to us.
What do you hope your legacy will be?
I want to help make Arizona a better place to live, work and play for my children and grandchildren.