Karen R. Brown is the Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Learning at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. In this position, she is responsible for keeping the Community Foundation abreast of trends and best practices in the community foundation/place-based funder fields and for promoting both internal and external learning, innovation and thought leadership. Karen also provides philanthropic advisory services to donors who have established charitable donor advised funds at the Community Foundation.
Karen is a Board Member of the Support Center for Nonprofit Management/Partnership in Philanthropy (New York). She holds a Master’s degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a B.A. from Brown University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1998 she received the CT Council for Philanthropy’s Martha S. Newman Award for sustained and exemplary performance at a Connecticut foundation.
A Norwalk resident, Karen is a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Connecticut, which is a member of Social Venture Partners International and is a field of interest fund at the Community Foundation. She is also an active member of several national philanthropy affinity groups, such as Youth Transition Funders Group, Workforce Matters, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
- Company:Fairfield County Community Foundation
- Short Bio:Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Learning