As Director, Grants & Contracts at PSI, Karen is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the grants and contracts compliance function and for reinforcing the organization’s compliance policies for PSI’s U.S. and international offices.
Prior to joining PSI, Karen worked for CARE USA where she served as contracts & grants specialist, U.S. government funding. Previously, at Save the Children, she served as the director of policy management where she oversaw global contracts and grants management.
Karen’s background is in contract negotiation, policy drafting and establishing processes for comprehensive regulatory, technical, and financial oversight, with an emphasis on ensuring the correlation between technical program delivery and compliance with funder regulations and terms. She has extensive experience in providing strategic guidance on pre-award and post-award regulatory and compliance requirements and has a thorough understanding of the complexities involved in the management of awards in a decentralized, global structure.
Karen is well-versed in the contractual requirements of awards funded by USAID, the World Bank, Department of State, Department of Labor, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, UN Agencies, European Commission, DFID, and various foundations.
Karen holds a bachelor’s in French from Mount Holyoke College and a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School.