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Karen is driven by a commitment to support restorative and transformative justice efforts in the U.S. through a commitment to truth-telling around historical harms and community building. Prior to Impact Justice, she facilitated Talking Circles for high-school students and teachers interested in bringing restorative justice into the classroom. Karen also worked on community development programming in Myanmar for several years, igniting her firm belief in the ability of youth to bridge difference and transform community. Most recently, she was awarded a USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship to lead an inter-religious dialogue and peace leadership exchange program for young women from Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Karen holds an M.A. in conflict analysis and transformation from the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is also a board member of Sarus, an international youth peacebuilding organization.

Karen uses she/her pronouns.