Karen joined The Foundation in 2013 in a role designed to strengthen local nonprofit organizations to increase The Foundation’s impact in addressing major regional issues. She works closely in collaboration with The Oishei Foundation program officers to build the organizational strength of grantees through organizational assessments/development, leadership development, good governance practices, strategic staffing and succession planning, executive searches, network building, and identification of training and funding opportunities.
A museum professional prior to joining The Foundation, Karen began her career at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, in curatorial, public relations, and editorial work. She moved to Buffalo in 1976 and joined the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, where she established the Gallery’s first publications office. During the 36 years that Karen was at the Albright-Knox, she served in a leadership role in virtually every department, from technology to development, shop, education, restaurant, human resources and guest services. As Deputy Director–and Interim Director–she supervised seven departments and worked closely with the 36-member board of directors, with a special focus on governance and strategic/master planning. Her community service activities have included serving in leadership positions on the boards, advisory/campaign councils, and search committees of numerous nonprofit, public, and independent schools, as well as faith-based institutions.