Karen has spent the last twenty years building a career in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and private sectors – leading innovative solutions at the crossroads of the respective fields. Her broad-based experience and deep expertise have given her a passion for creating social impact, driving change, and delivering results. Before joining Grace Farms Foundation, Karen founded Factor Philanthropy – where she partnered with businesses to build purpose and social impact into the core of their organizations – from supply chain choices, to mission-driven partnerships, to establishing culture – in order to transform both companies and the communities they partner with. Previously, she led strategic efforts at the GE Foundation in their Education and Skills Initiative, managing a philanthropic portfolio across school districts and non-profit organizations nationally and globally.
Karen was formerly a Director at The Fund for Public Schools – the largest nonprofit in the US dedicated to building public-private partnerships in an effort to improve a city school district. In her role, Karen was responsible for raising and managing private funds for system-wide education reform initiatives in New York City; facilitating strategic public-private partnerships; managing a targeted set of programs to support city schools; and building citywide public awareness. In the private sector, Karen worked in the Private Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley where she focused specifically on advising clients on the management and investment of philanthropic assets.
Karen has her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her BA from Stanford University.