Karen joined Ingenuity as Interim Executive Director in October 2016 on a one-year fellowship through BVU, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. In 2015 she moved to Cleveland from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked with a number of nonprofits in a staff or volunteer capacity. She served as Development Director of the Magic Theatre and Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, Executive Director of the San Francisco Parks Trust, and as a board member of Committee for Green Foothills and Earthshare of California. She is active with Social Venture Partners of Cleveland, and recently joined the board of directors of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.
Earlier she had a career as a marketing director at corporations including Apple, eTrade, and Dun & Bradstreet and at several startups. Karen is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.