Senior Executive Assistant, Agriculture and Livelihoods
Karen Newman is the Senior Executive Assistant to the VP of Agriculture and Livelihoods. In this role, she provides administrative support to the Agriculture team by managing financial activities, international travel, schedules and facility operations at the Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office.
Karen’s extensive non-profit work experience includes supporting C-level executives, spearheading business process analysis, and providing software application support. Prior to joining the Foundation, Karen served for 15 years at The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF), most recently as Executive Assistant to the CEO, a retired two-star army general. She was the CEO’s primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies, ensuring all engagements met mutual goals.
Earlier in her career at HJF, Karen coordinated the first phase of a company-wide records and information management initiative, increased efficiencies in workflows, developed training guides, ensured best practices were followed and generated support for new procedures.
Karen is based in Washington, D.C. She studied Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Maryland at College Park.