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Karen Chern

Director, Growth Portfolio

As Director of REDF’s Growth Portfolio Karen Chern’s responsibilities include providing business mentoring and hands-on strategic business assistance to REDF’s growth 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. Karen engages in her passions for dance, cooking, and reading.