Karen began her career as a photojournalist at the Colorado Springs Sun. Later she was chief photo editor for National Geographic Television and went on to serve as managing photo editor at Bill Gates' Corbis Corp. where she led the photo editing team that built the world's first digital image archive.
Karen has broad experience managing cross-functional teams at publishing, media, and e-commerce organizations. Her diverse background includes photo editing and research assignments for government, private sector, and start-ups, including the former U.S. Information Agency, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, National Geographic Books, National Wildlife magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Vanity Fair and others, as well as key management positions at Fortune 500 companies.
She co-produced and co-led an expedition to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands that documented impacted cultures, based on the 1920s-era journey of two American women who painted and wrote about what they feared were vanishing traditions.
Karen is the former West Coast chapter president for the American Society of Picture Professionals and a former board member of Seattle-based non-profit Youth in Focus. She is a Fellow National of The Explorers Club and a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Society of Women Geographers.
Awards include the Explorers Club Scott Pearlman Field Award for Science and Exploration, the Nell Shipman post-production award for documentary film, a Seattle Best in Show for associate interactive producer and a Washington state arts commission grant. Karen earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Colorado College. She currently lives in the Seattle area.