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Biography: 

Karen joined the Internet Society in October 2013 to develop resources from private and corporate foundations and to build an endowment for the organization. She brings to ISOC more than 20 years experience in program development, fundraising, and marketing, having provided strategic leadership to a variety of non-profit and business settings, including Salzburg Global Seminar, Institute for International Cooperation and Development, Center for Studying Health System Change, AAUW’s Leadership and Training Institute, Washington Ethical Society, and Washington Revels (a performing arts community).

Karen earned her BA from American University in International Relations and Economics, and did graduate coursework and field study at Clark University, with a focus on International Development and Social Change. Her overseas experience includes work in Jamaica, Mozambique, and Kenya, where she developed and led community education campaigns, capacity-building initiatives, and participatory research. She is attuned to the needs of diverse populations and the strategies for involving stakeholders and building strong coalitions. A strong advocate for leadership development and institutional partnerships, Karen has served on, formed, and advised various boards of directors.

Karen has been soliciting donations since she was old enough to trick-or-treat for UNICEF as a toddler. Ever since, she has been raising funds for the programs she’s directed, as well as evaluating the mission relevance of potential funding sources. Through experience focused on community development and capacity building, Karen has cultivated three attributes she believes are especially valuable to the work she will do at ISOC: community development experience, strategic management skills, and a track record of successful fundraising.

Karen is based in Reston, Virginia, US.