She comes to Sidewalk from Bloomberg Media where she was the Director of Innovation and Research and Head of BHIVE, a multidisciplinary lab that designs and tests products and new ventures. Prior to Bloomberg, Karen cut her teeth in Seattle as a journalist where she covered growth and development in rapidly urbanizing communities. Her passion for cities led her to pursue a master’s in city planning at MIT where she specialized in design and development. Her urban research has touched on industrial land use, innovation districts and sustainable design.
After four years focused on her passion for media, she is beyond excited to return to solving built environment challenges and helping to make communities more sustainable and equitable. Outside of work, you’ll probably find Karen in Harlem where she’s likely to be leaning into a slower lifestyle heavy on baking, biking and brewing.