Karen Jenkins

Senior Associate

Karen Jenkins has worked in over 30 countries for diverse nonprofits giving her a deep understanding of the complexities of international relations, histories, and cultures. Previously, Karen served in executive positions with NGO/nonprofit and higher education organizations in the US and abroad. As president of a large study abroad organization, she oversaw the exchange of students and scholars from 14 countries. She was the executive director of an international academic organization that focused on research and the dissemination of information about the continent of Africa. Karen lived in Zambia, for seven years where she was the country representative for a US NGO. She is a founding board member of a new nonprofit organization that advocates for active transportation. She served as board chair of the oldest national bicycle advocacy organization in the world, founded in 1880 and is certified as a cycling instructor. Karen received a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University. Her undergraduate work was at Fisk University. She has published articles on issues related to developing countries as well as biking and walking in the United States.

Fundraising Area of Expertise: Karen’s core expertise is in Board Training, Management and Governance. She also has a wealth of experience in Capital Campaigns, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Donor Engagement and Relationships, Marketing, Donor Tracking, Capacity Building, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, and Data Analytics.

Sector Experience: Higher Education, Non-Profit Sector, Volunteerism and Community Engagement—International and domestic.

Karen’s fundraising must have: A commitment to our shared humanity and teamwork that effectively crosses domestic and international boundaries for solutions to our increasingly common problems.

Contact Karen at: kjenkins@ssutton-and-associates.com

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