Karen graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science and Law, Letters, and Society, as well as a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. Her honors thesis examined the changing relationship between U.S. domestic politics and foreign economic policy.
Previously, Karen has worked with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to further refugee resettlement efforts in the Greater Atlanta area. In this capacity, she researched funding opportunities for key IRC service areas, including women's health programs and a variety of economic empowerment initiatives. She also served as an Editorial Intern at Encyclopedia Britannica, where she contributed original articles and monitored global current events in order to update existing content.
As a State Department intern, Karen supported both the Public Affairs and the Political/Economic sections of the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm. Her work centered on potential areas of impactful U.S.-Swedish collaboration, such as promoting immigrant integration, combating climate change, and developing innovative solutions to water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges.