As vice president of programs, Karen Wick is responsible for developing and executing strategy, managing a team of program officers who implement the foundation’s priorities, and leveraging external relationships to support and strengthen the foundation’s work.
For the past eleven years, Karen has served as Political Director and Lobbyist for the Colorado Education Association, an affiliate of the National Education Association and largest labor union of educators in Colorado with more than 35,000 members, where she lead strategic campaigns to advance political and legislative goals. Her previous experience includes advocating nationally for union members with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and advancing the rights of working women at Women Work! The National Network for Women’s Employment.
Karen has served on several boards, including Colorado BlueFlower Fund, National Association of Legislative and Political Specialists in Education, Women’s Information Network, Colorado School Finance Project, and was a founding member of Emerge Colorado. Karen was recently a member of the Denver Metro Chamber’s Leadership Denver Class of 2018.
A native of New Jersey, Karen completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Montclair State University. She later earned her Master’s in Public Policy at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Karen lives in Denver with her family.