Karen is a communications officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She brings to the Foundation years of experience in messaging, coalition building, and strategic development, with a particular focus in law and policy. Before joining the Foundation, Karen worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Senior Counsel and Policy Adviser, managing a portfolio of issues including civil rights, criminal justice, and immigration. Karen kicked off her legal career as a Yale Law School Public Interest Fellow, representing survivors of domestic violence in family law cases in the rural “thumb” area of Michigan through a local legal aid organization. She then moved to the nation’s capital to gain expertise in federal policymaking as an associate at an international law firm. Karen holds a B.A. from Brown University, where she concentrated in History and International Relations, and wrote her thesis based on oral histories she recorded while volunteering on a refugee camp in Ghana. She went on to earn a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as a student director of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, and traveled to Liberia to explore health and social welfare policy.