Karen graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science and Law, Letters, and Society. Her honors thesis examined the changing relationship between US 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. She researched funding opportunities for the IRC’s economic empowerment initiatives and women’s health programs. She also served as an Editorial Intern at Encyclopedia Britannica, where she contributed original articles and monitored global current events. As a State Department intern, Karen supported the Public Affairs and Political/Economic sections of the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm. Her work centered on priority areas of US-Swedish collaboration, such as promoting immigrant integration, combating climate change and developing innovative solutions to water, sanitation and hygiene challenges.