Karen is a transplant to Cleveland from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked with a number of nonprofits in a staff or volunteer capacity for over 17 years. She served as Development Director of the 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. An avid tennis player, she co-chaired the early phase of a capital campaign to renovate the historic Golden Gate Park Tennis Center. 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.