Karen joined Stand in 2015 as Operations Coordinator and has since taken on both Development and Marketing and Communications roles, proving to be an integral part of the Louisiana team.
Her work involves fundraising for Stand’s charitable and legislative priorities and partnering with families and students to amplify their voices to highlight the need for action on issues related to school leadership, literacy, youth justice reform, and more. The most rewarding part of her job is seeing members realize their own power to effect change.
Her passion for education advocacy stems from the inequities she witnessed in school funding as an adolescent and not understanding why schools in more communities with higher home values sometimes had exorbitant programming while schools in communities with lower home values had fewer resources.
Prior to joining Stand, Karen worked for an environmental justice organization, a travel agency, and in an administrative support role at Stanford University. She also lived and worked in Lilongwe, Malawi, designing and implementing afterschool activism programs in rural primary schools.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Colby College and serves as a board member of Access Health Africa.
Originally from California, Karen lives in New Orleans with a rotating pack of foster dogs. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, hiking, and kayaking.