… is the Youth and Adult Learning Manager at Woodland Park Zoo, where she brings her deep and varied experiences as a curriculum designer, program manager, classroom teacher and department chair, and builder of community-based educational partnerships to her work with the Advanced Inquiry Program. Karen’s personal and professional development and career over the past 20 years have focused on the themes of social justice, equity, environmental education and sustainability. In her work as an environmental educator, Karen has led students on trips to Botswana to learn about community development and conservation, and she has developed and taught “Environmental Ethics and Advocacy,” a course that builds students’ understanding of both the science and politics of current environmental issues and equips them with tools and skills to become effective citizen activists. A graduate of both Haverford College and the University of Washington, Karen has fallen deeply in love with both the mountains and the waters of the Pacific Northwest since moving here as a teen from the south side of Chicago, and she feels incredibly lucky to call this region her home. Karen’s happy place is in a kayak, exploring the eddies and edges of intertidal life and gliding through deep marine waters; as a close second she loves the wild places of the Olympics and North Cascades, places that have inspired her personal love of nature and deep commitment to conservation and sustainability work.