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Karen Avery

Karen Avery

Senior Director, Fund Development

Karen E. Avery joined the PBS Foundation in 2011 and is Senior Director of Fund Development. In this role, she is responsible for increasing support from foundations and corporations for PBS priorities and programs.

Before coming to PBS, Karen spent seven years as Director of Foundation Relations at the Smithsonian Institution, serving as Chairperson of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Board of Directors for three of those years. Prior to that she was Assistant Dean of Harvard College, and also worked for many years as a Senior Admissions Officer at Harvard.

Karen received her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a concentration in administration, planning and social policy, and her A.B. from Harvard as a major in psychology and social relations. She currently serves on the Community Foundation Board for Alexandria, the Harvard Club of DC Board of Directors, and recently served on the Wolf Trap Associates Board of Directors. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia and has a husband, two children, and one crazy dog.