Karen is a lifelong sustainability advocate. Growing up as the daughter of a forestry professor and an elementary school teacher, she was blessed to spend her summers living and traveling in beautiful places like Acadia National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and many other national treasures. She has since devoted her career to environmental protection and restoration efforts. After obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geography from Clark University and Virginia Tech, she spent her early career working as a project manager to protect and restore land and water resources through small grassroots nonprofit organizations in New Jersey and Massachusetts, including the Great Swamp Watershed Association, the Waltham Land Trust, and the Charles River Conservancy.
In 2010 she returned to school to obtain a Master of Public Policy from Tufts University. Upon completing her degree in 2013 she joined Ceres, a Boston-based nonprofit that focuses on national and internal sustainability issues including climate change, water management, and human rights in the workplace. At Ceres she has served on the Development team, identifying funding needs, articulating success stories, and developing compelling cases for funder support. In her current role as Director for Planning and Evaluation, she works with Program teams, Development, Communications, Finance, Human Resources, and organizational leadership to ensure that Ceres’ strategic and annual planning processes strengthen and scale its efforts to build a sustainable future for people and the planet. In this role she leads Ceres’ internal planning and evaluation efforts and has helped the organization double in size over the past seven years.
Karen has been involved with Family Promise since 2003 when she was a member of Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, NJ. Upon moving to Natick in 2005, she joined the UU Wellesley Church and through that congregation again became involved in Family Promise as a way to introduce her two young sons to volunteer service. With her sons she has volunteered for overnight hosting, meal preparation, and room set-up. More recently she joined the Moving On Committee and the Advocacy Advisory Group. She is thrilled to now be serving on the Board and offering her time and energy to strategic organizational development as well.