Karen joined ForestEthics Advocacy as the Canadian Director in March of 2015 to focus on the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure projects while amplifying the opportunities for clean energy solutions. Karen is a strategist, organizer, facilitator, fundraiser and teacher with more than 25 years in making social change. Early in her career she led Greenpeace's campaign to protect the old growth rainforest of Clayoquot Sound, now a UN Biosphere Reserve. She was a principle architect of the multi-sector collaboration in the Great Bear Rainforest on Canada's west coast. that led ultimately to its protection and development of a conservation economy in the Great Bear Rainforest. Karen has worked as a strategic consultant for a wide variety of high impact private, public and third sector organizations. She has a life long interest in strengthening the impact of civil society organizations. In her work as the Executive Director of the Hollyhock Leadership Institute, Karen focused on increasing the effectiveness of activist and change makers and applying the teachings of the wisdom traditions to the practice of social change. She is the past Managing Director of Greenpeace Canada and Public Outreach USA. Karen lives in Vancouver and Cortes Island.
She serves on the Boards of Hollyhock and the Vancouver Observer.