Mayor Karin Wilson is serving her first term as mayor of Fairhope, Alabama. A third-generation Fairhopian. Karin is a product of this great community where she grew up exploring the gullies, riding bikes through town until dark and throwing cast nets off the pier. Karin is a graduate of Fairhope High School and Auburn University, where she earned a degree in finance. She worked for seven years in the financial sector before she returned home to Fairhope to continue the legacy of her family-owned business, which was founded in 1968. With her extensive background in finance, Karin has built upon a business that stays true to Fairhope’s unique character while managing the new challenges and complexities faced in today’s market.
Karin currently serves on the American Booksellers Advisory Board. She has been a member of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance for 19 years, a board member for four years, and president for one year. She is a founding member of Fairhope Sunset Rotary chapter, and served as Club Service Project Officer. Karin created a foundation in 2003, known today as the Good Life Foundation, with the mission to improve the lives of children through literacy initiatives, social activities and sporting events.
In 2005, Karin founded One Town One Tale, a community reading program, as an effort to fight aliteracy—the state of being able to read but being uninterested in doing so. Karin has served as a board member of the Eastern Shore Literacy Council for four years. In 2006, Karin co-founded A Fair Hope of Success, a community action group formed to protect Fairhope’s quality of life in the shared belief of our founding fathers' equality and opportunity and to fully reward individual effort and the benefits of co-operation in matters of general concern.
Karin received the Quality of Life Award in 2009 by Fairhope First. For her Chain against Chains campaign, Karin was featured as the Local Hero in Garden & Gun Magazine in 2011. She was included in AL.com’s 2014 11 Coastal Alabama Leaders. In 2014, she founded Fairhope Local, a group that seeks to preserve Fairhope’s unique character, promote local independent businesses and educate citizens on the value of purchasing locally.