Karen grew up in the rainy suburbs of Vancouver, BC. She studied politics and crime at Simon Fraser University, where she served as a student representative on the University Senate and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. After moving around British Columbia and exploring a variety of career fields, including poverty law advocacy, marketing, and volunteer coordination, Karen landed in Bellingham at a private law firm, where she worked as a paralegal for sixteen years.
Karen loves her community and can be found helping out at fundraisers, youth sports and other events in her spare time. She truly appreciates living in a rural setting, nestled in the foothills, walking distance from rivers and open space. Karen is passionate about justice and equity, has served as a food bank board member in the past, and currently serves as a director on her local school board.
Although new to the Non-GMO Project, Karen has long believed in our mission and the belief that everyone has the right to know what is in their food. She supports local farms and farmers and values events like community seed exchanges that help preserve non-GMO supply chains. Karen is excited to invest her analytical skills and legal knowledge into helping move the mission of the Non-GMO Project forward.