A resident of Sopot, boy scout, and community worker since childhood. Former pupil of the Joseph Golec primary school “no.8” and grammar school no.2 in Sopot.Doctor of Economics at the University of Gdansk. Graduate of the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Gdansk. During his studies was Deputy Speaker of the Student Parliament. He completed a postgraduate in Local Government Law, and the School of Management at the University of Gdansk and Central Connecticut State University. Councilman and vice-president of Sopot since 1990, and president of Sopot since 1998. In the years 1990 to 1998 Councilman of Gdansk Provincial Assembly and chairman of the Environment Committee. He holds the post of Vice-President of the Association of Polish Cities since 2007; delegate to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Co-Chair of the Team for Joint Constitutional Commission of Government and Local Government. He began his political activism in college as a member of the Young Polish Authorities Movement. He was also co-founder and board member of the VERBUM Association of Academics. He was detained, and deprived of his passport for opposition activities. Co-founder and board member of the Conservative Party and the Conservative fraction.From 2001 to 2008 was closely associated with the Civic Platform Political Party (PO). He was the plenipotentiary of the Gdansk Region and later a member of the Board of PO (Civil Platform) in the Pomerania region.He was an employee of the Gdansk Railway Station Project Office from 1988 to 1990. Honours:• Papal medal “Pro ECCLESIA ET PONTIFICE” (The Church and the Pope)• Medal “Pro Memoria”• Badge of the Polish Minister of Culture “Cultural Activist of Merit”• Silver Medal of Merit for the Fire Service• Gold Badge of Merit for Physical Education• Craftsmen Badge of Honour• Silver medal for services to the Police• Gold Badge of PZ Basket• Grzegorz Palka award, also known as; the local government “Oscar” An extraordinary member of the World Association of Home Army Soldiers and the Kashubian-Pomeranian Association.Jacek Karnowski is a lifeguard and founder of the Sopot WOPR (Water Volunteer Rescue Service), holds a yacht and motorboats skipper certificate. He is also a ski instructor.