Karen Doyle Grossman
Karen Doyle Grossman is Vice President, Institutional Advancement at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, a $36 million educational nonprofit serving 45,000 people per year. From 2006-2011, Karen was the Vice President, Social Innovations at Mercy Corps, a $300 million international organization operating in 41 countries. In this role, Karen created and directed Mercy Corps’ work to advance highly scalable, double bottom line solutions. By leveraging the agency’s focus on community-led, market-driven programming and nearly 4,000 staff, the Social Innovations function will double the agency’s overall reach by 2014. Previously, in the mid to late 1990’s, Karen launched Mercy Corps’ global economic development work specializing in transitional and conflict-affected environments.
As a program and executive director at the Aspen Institute from 1998 to 2002, Karen launched the Institute’s Young Leadership Initiative for executives under the age of 45. She also managed the Socrates Society, a Silicon Valley-based seminar and policy program for primarily technology sector and social entrepreneurs. Karen was an associate director for the Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program, leading multi-year initiatives to document, evaluate and fund innovative anti-poverty strategies in the United States. Also in that role, Karen founded MicroMentor (www.micromentor.org), an online mentoring and business support network for emerging entrepreneurs. She grew the MicroTest network, a performance and outcomes measurement system and training collaboration, from 13 to 85 organizations in 18 months.