Karen (she/her/hers) is driven by a commitment to collective trauma-healing, community building, and truth-telling around historical harms. She has over six years of experience in restorative justice and has been honored to design, build, and facilitate trainings for community-based organization partners through her role as Program Specialist on the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice. These trainings include Community Circle Keeping, Restorative Approaches to Harm, and Restorative Community Conferencing. Karen believes in the transformative power of learning communities that are rooted in experiential processing and radical belonging.
Karen also serves as a facilitator for the Ahimsa Collective through the Victim Offender Dialogue Program, the VOD Survivor Support Groups, and the Realize Program inside Valley State Prison. Prior to that, Karen worked on community development and peace leadership programming in Myanmar for several years, igniting her firm belief in the ability of youth to bridge difference and transform community. She holds an M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Transformation from the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.