Karyn Nielsen

Licensing Division Chief Karyn Nielsen has 25 years of licensing and law enforcement experience with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

Karyn Nielsen

Karyn Nielsen

Licensing Division Chief

Licensing Division Chief Karyn Nielsen has 25 years of licensing and law enforcement experience with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).  She began her career with the Department as an Agent and served in the San Jose and Fresno District Offices as well as the Grant Unit assisting local law enforcement agencies throughout Northern California.   She has served in a supervisory and management capacity in the Oakland, San Jose, and Salinas District Offices prior to her promotion to Chief of the Licensing Division in September 2019.

Nielsen has extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of licensing and enforcement.  She is committed to developing and fostering a partnership with Department stakeholders to ensure a positive and streamlined regulatory experience.  She believes that a combination of training, education, and compliance are imperative to ensure responsible licensing and ultimately safe communities for the people of the State of California.

Prior to beginning her career with ABC, Nielsen obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fresno.