Karen Chern

Leave no one behind.

As Associate Director, Investments and Advisory Services, Karen Chern’s responsibilities include providing business mentoring and hands-on strategic business assistance to REDF’s portfolio organizations and other grantees. Along with managing relationships, she contributes to REDF’s industry strategy work. By applying REDF’s rigorous analytics with a commitment to sharing best practices, Karen’s work helps shape the future of the social enterprise space.  Karen graduated with a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where she helped run the University’s Social Venture Fund. She came to REDF as a 2012 Farber Intern at the Weingart Center’s 360 Degree Solutions. As a Senior Portfolio Associate, she is getting hands-on experience in applying business sector skills to social enterprise and philanthropic ventures. Karen is committed to exploring her current home of Los Angeles, where she engages in her passions for dance, cooking, and reading.