1112 16th St NW Suite 600
Washington, DC, 20036
Areas of Expertise:
Progressive movement, policymakers
Poverty, economic hardship
Cost of war and militarism at home
Karen joined IPS in 1996. Her public scholarship and activism at IPS has linked community-led organizations with policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. The focus of her work is on anti-poverty issues, local democracy and empowerment, and peace. Karen currently coordinates the Economic Hardship Reporting Project with New York Times Best-Selling Author Barbara Ehrenreich. The project focuses on telling the stories of widespread economic hardship in the United States.
Some of Karen’s publications include: Battered By The Storm: How the Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix it; Our Communities are Not for Sale; Paying the Price: the Mounting Costs of War in Iraq; Foreign Policy Goes Local; and she was a contributor for Mandate for Change. Karen blogs for Huffington Post and regularly appears in other media outlets. Karen serves on the boards of The Participatory Budgeting Project and Jobs With Justice Worker Rights Board.
The High Road to Profitability in the Restaurant Industry
February 14 - Local summit on the restaurant industry shows us that the choices that restaurant owners make affect not only their workers, but the rest of us as well.
Liberation of a Nation: a Timeline
February 11 - A series of links symbolizing the key moments that led to victory for the people of Egypt and to honor their inspiring call for democracy. From desperation to celebration!
SOTU: Glossing over the Pervasive Suffering Caused by Joblessness
January 26 - The freeze on the funding of discretionary domestic programs would choke off vital assistance to a shrinking middle class and growing numbers of poor and low-income families.