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Before arriving at SIYLI, Karen held a number of leadership roles in implementation, strategy development, and executive management. She founded Social Innovations at Mercy Corps and helped to launch a number of new initiatives during two stints at the Aspen Institute. She is the founder of MicroMentor (, served as Executive Director of WorldTeach, and Vice President for the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Karen’s a doctoral candidate in the Adult Learning and Leadership program at Teachers College, Columbia University and holds degrees from the George Washington University and University of Virginia. She loves hiking, yoga, tea and chocolate, and being with her family.