Karen grew up in Sunnyvale, California and developed an early passion for grassroots activism while volunteering with many local organizations. While attending Colby College, Karen spent September to May working toward her B.A. in Anthropology and May to September volunteering in rural primary schools in Malawi. It was there that she committed herself to improving access to quality education. Upon graduating, Karen moved to Malawi permanently where she oversaw the implementation of an after-school activist program for primary students. As State Operations Coordinator, Karen looks forward to contributing to Stand's powerful mission and history of successful campaigns in Louisiana.