Karen has worked at HKS since she received her Master's degree from the International Education Policy program at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2011. Before joining the Carr Center, she worked at the WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing) Secretariat here at HKS. Karen is interested in international adult education and training and international development. Before coming to HKS, she worked in the field of adult education in Massachusetts for many years, teaching and advising immigrant students from countries including China, Colombia, Haiti, Nigeria, Peru, and Vietnam. She has also volunteered in China with individuals with disabilities, their families, and their teachers through The Five Project for International Autism and Disability Support, Inc., a nonprofit organization she and her sister co-founded. In addition to her Ed.M. from HGSE, Karen also has a B.A. degree in Foreign Languages (Spanish/Chinese) from Hamilton College and an M.A. degree in Chinese and an M.S. degree in Adult Education from Indiana University.