Karen Green serves as consultant for the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Karen previously served as vice president of the National Center, and is the former Managing Director of Family Foundation Services at the Council on Foundations, where she was the staff lead for the family foundation and independent foundation fields in crafting of Stewardship Principles and Practices. She also served the Council as Director of the Governing Boards Program, which provides foundation board members and CEOs with individual assistance, workshops and published resources on foundation governance and oversight.
From 2007 until 2011, Green served as President of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation. She led the foundation from anonymity to a known and respected community presence; drafted administrative, governance and grantmaking policies; and, under the guidance of the board, granted $1.5 million annually to support organizations improving the quality and delivery of healthcare in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Earlier in her career, Green served as associate director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, managing $9 million in annual grants to increase access to justice for low-income people in that state. Prior to her involvement in philanthropy, she directed refugee resettlement efforts in Singapore and Indonesia to bring Vietnamese boat people to the U.S. and directed business advisory services for the U.S. China Business Council. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a M. P. A. from Harvard University.