Advisory Board Highlight: Karen Peart
Women & Girls Fund Advisory Board Chair Karen Peart.
This January, the Community Fund for Women & Girls welcomed Karen Peart as the chair of the Advisory Board. Peart, a director of external communications at Yale University, says she became involved with The Fund when she saw first-hand how women and girls benefited from The Fund’s support.
“The programs can have life-changing and lifelong effects on the lives of generations of women,” Peart says. “This is an organization where we get to see the effects of our work. It’s proven over and over again that society benefits when women and girls have the social and economic opportunities to help them succeed.”
Peart wants to advocate for women and girls in the region as she has done for her daughter. Her passion for advocacy comes from her experience as a mother.
“I’ve advocated for my daughter who has disabilities since she was born and it has paid dividends. Despite my daughter’s challenges, she completed high school with honors and is now going into her sophomore year of college. The work continues as she navigates the challenges of adulthood and learns to advocate for herself in a world that doesn’t always make it easy for young women of color,” she says.
“I consider it a privilege to be given the opportunity to serve as Chair of the Fund,” Karen adds. “As a communications professional, I want to lend my skills to finding innovative ways to get the word out about the work that we do to more audiences and to educate new generations of women and girls about how philanthropy can change lives.”
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