Karen joined Stand.earth as the Canadian Director in March of 2015 to focus on accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy. Karen is a strategist, organizer, facilitator, and fundraiser 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 principal architect of the multi-sector collaboration that resulted in the protection of the the Great Bear Rainforest on Canada's west coast. Karen has worked as a strategic consultant for a wide variety of high impact private, public and 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 board of the Hollyhock Leadership Institute.