As a program officer, Karen develops and nurtures relationships with community members and organizations around the Tri-Cities region, connecting those doing important work in their communities to the foundation’s resources. She arrives to the organization by way of the Yakama Nation, of which she’s an enrolled member and previously served as economic development director. In her role, she helped reinstate transit services to the reservation and developed business opportunities that preserved history, reinforced cultural values, and improved overall quality of life.
An avid maker, Karen crochets, does beadwork, and sews. She’s grateful most of all for the continued support and love of her husband and two daughters.