Karen Rakestraw is the Assistant Comptroller for the City of Chicago Department of Finance. She has been with the City for over 20 years. Ms. Rakestraw primarily manages the daily operations of General Accounting and audit and financial statement planning, preparation and production.  Prior to joining the City of Chicago, Ms. Rakestraw worked as a Senior Program Associate at the Government Finance Officers Association in their Technical Services Center. 

Ms. Rakestraw received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois. She is a certified public accountant and a member of the Illinois CPA Society.