Karen was our tireless Executive Director since the program’s inception in 2001 through 2016. Having grown up in the Midwest, the Rocky Mountains lured her out to Colorado in 1997. Once she discovered she could easily and joyfully get nearly everywhere in Boulder by bike and bus, she was here to stay. What started out as a volunteer and “hobby” project for Karen has gradually transformed into a thriving, non-profit carsharing program – one of the first of its kind in the nation (as evidenced by our URL carshare.org). From 2001-2010, Karen volunteered her time as ED. During those early years for her “day job” she worked in the LOHAS industry, was the CFO of a local home health care agency, and the Conference Manager for Sustainable Resources (a Boulder NPO). Eventually, though, carsharing took over her life, and it’s not just a hobby anymore.
Although Karen has moved on in a formal capacity from our org, she continues to guide us in spirit and with occasional advisory support. She is passionate about helping to transform the way we think about transportation, and advocates for placing people, rather than cars, at the heart of community planning, so that we can create more sustainable, fulfilling and inspirational communities. Karen holds a BA in physics from DePauw University and a teaching certification from UW-Stevens Point.