For over twenty years Karen has devoted the majority of her career to providing professional learning and leadership development support to educational (K-12 and higher education) and nonprofit leaders. A former school principal, reading/language arts specialist, and teacher of regular and gifted education, Karen has also served as an instructor at California State University, Hayward and Nova University. She was the former Executive Director of the Chicago Academy for School Leadership, responsible for providing rigorous results-based professional development for Chicago Public School principals and administrators. Karen also served as the Executive Director of the Bay Area and North Bay School Leadership Centers, both part of the California School Leadership Academy. Karen has delivered presentations at numerous conferences representing national and international educational organizations as well as done consultation work for school districts throughout the United States, Singapore, and India.
Karen is the Group Director of the Education and Nonprofit Sector for the Center for Creative Leadership. In this role she leads the work involving senior and emerging leaders in K-12 education, higher education, and nonprofit organizations in accessing CCL’s portfolio of programs, products, and services. Karen is also a facilitator for CCL’s Women’s Leadership Program and provides curriculum design support to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurses Fellowship program.
Karen holds a Doctorate in Education Administration from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, a Masters of Education degree from Holy Names College in Oakland, California, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. A former president of the Board of Trustees for Learning Forward, Karen is a contributing author to CCL’s Handbook of Leadership and the co – author of the book, The Intuitive Principal. She is the author of several articles, book chapters, and numerous modules on instructional leadership. She is also a featured expert on ASCD’s video series, The Principal and Instructional Leadership Guide, Volume 3. She is a member of several education and nonprofit boards.