Karen Brown joined the Communications, Policy & Advocacy team at The Rockefeller Foundation in 2020. She assists in logistics and planning for external meetings, events, and convenings such as the Munich Security Conference, the Climate Change Conference (COP), and the G7 Indonesia Summit, as well as, internal events, such as team huddles and retreats.
Before joining the Foundation, Karen was the founder of a full-service event planning company in New York City, curating diverse experiences and serving high-profile clientele including Condé Nast’s former Editor in Chief of Glamour, influential tech leaders, as well as TCS NYC Marathon and Ironman. She has executed successful events throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada, with a remarkable range in specialty, including corporate parties, book, and product launches, award and ribbon-cutting ceremonies, fitness events, galas, non-profit events, and weddings.
Karen also has a strong passion for promoting the quality of life in her community and around the world through personal humanitarian initiatives and volunteering, which makes The Rockefeller Foundation a perfect fit for her. In 2004 she took a one-year sabbatical to pursue volunteer work in Egypt, working for an NGO that focuses on various initiatives, including water & sanitation, FGM, arts & crafts with children, and teaching English to both children and adults. Then in 2008, she took a four-month sabbatical to pursue a self-designed volunteer mission which she called G3. She focused on three areas of human need in three countries; Education in Guatemala, Healthcare in Ghana, and Human Rights in the Republic of Georgia.
Karen holds a B.S. from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.