Deputy Director/Director of Development
Karen joined CAW as Director of Development in late 2012, and has enjoyed working with Brian and the Board to enhance communications and outreach, to develop infrastructure, financial reporting and metrics, and to diversify and strengthen sources of support.
Karen has wide-ranging experience in nonprofit fundraising, business, and the performing arts. Prior to joining CAW, she was the development consultant for the Bronx Arts Ensemble, a multidisciplinary art organization in its 40th season. During her time with BAE, she helped the organization diversify its funding base, increasing support from foundations, corporate and government sources, and overseeing a dramatic increase in individual giving.
Karen transitioned to development from a career in business, where she was previously the General Manager and Director of Shareholder Relations for Starlite Media LLC. Starlite, which Karen helped to build from the ground up, is an outdoor advertising company specializing in place-based, at-store media in major markets nationwide. Prior positions include those at Citibank’s Corporate Realty Services and at MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings in the corporate finance department.
Karen made the move to development work to merge her corporate experience with her passion for the arts and arts education. A classical singer, she has performed in concert, recital and opera around the US and abroad, and at several notable venues in NYC including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. As a frequent performer of new music she has appeared numerous times with the Center for Contemporary Opera. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Opera from the Hartt School.
Karen lives with her husband and two children in the Inwood neighborhood of Upper Manhattan, where she is an active member of the community and a member of the Executive Board of the Parent-Teacher Association of PS/MS 278, Inc.