Karen’s diverse background, business acumen and philanthropic passion make her an ideal leader for Nextech. As president, Karen connects the dots—and people—to fulfill Nextech’s vision of transforming K-12 students from technology consumers into next gen tech pioneers.

Karen developed a successful career as a product expert for several leading technology companies, most recently ExactTarget. She held management roles in product and marketing management before transitioning to corporate philanthropy. As Executive Director of the ExactTarget Foundation, Karen developed innovative new programs that engaged people, technology and resources to address childhood hunger, education and entrepreneurship. She also spent 15 months working in Haiti for the Visitation Hospital Foundation.

Karen has put her expertise and education—a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and master’s degree from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University—to work professionally and as a community volunteer. She currently serves on the board of Building Tomorrow.

Karen firmly believes in the transformational power of computer science education to prepare students for success in the classroom and in life.

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