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Karen Hanssen

Vice President of Family Engagement & Organizing

As a child, Karen’s family moved every two years and by the time she graduated high school, she had attended 10 different school systems. This experience made her realize that your ZIP code can have a huge impact on the quality of your education. After earning a BS at the University of New Hampshire, she started her career managing two hotel properties on the island of Nantucket. She transitioned to the travel technology sector and built a career as a Talent professional, specializing in Learning & Organizational Development, Performance Management, and Employee Engagement.Throughout her career, she has been an active Big Sister with the Big Sister/Little Sister organization, and a mentor with Year UP.

Stand for Children gives her the chance to support high quality education for all children, and to work with amazing organizers from around the country who make a meaningful difference in the lives of the adults and families they empower.

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