Karen R. Brown joined the Community Foundation in 1998. She initially served as Program Director, and was named Vice President of Programs as the Community Foundation grew. Currently, as the Vice President of Development and Philanthropic Services, Karen works with Foundation senior staff and board members to strategize and execute on the Foundation’s overall fundraising and business development initiatives. Karen also works closely with a cadre of donor advised fundholders to provide philanthropic advisory services and also serves as the Foundation’s liaison to Social Venture Partners Connecticut (a program and field of interest fund).
Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Karen worked at a school-based community center led by Bronx Community College and The Families and Work Institute in Manhattan. In May 2008, Karen was awarded one of Connecticut’s highest honors for philanthropic leadership, The Martha S. Newman Award, from The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.
Karen holds a MPA from The Robert Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, where she was a Dean’s Scholar. She earned a BA from Brown University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. Karen lives in her adopted and beloved community of Norwalk, where she enjoys walks at Calf Pasture Beach with her sons and eating out at Norwalk’s many ethnic restaurants.