Karen develops Aquaya’s written products, including project reports, research papers, briefs, proposals, and other communication pieces to ensure clarity and scientific quality. She helps to tailor accessible outputs for diverse partner organizations and audiences. In particular, Karen supports management of the Rural Evidence and Learning for Water (REAL-Water) project funded by USAID. She also conducts qualitative and mixed methods data analysis for various projects.
Prior to joining Aquaya, Karen’s consulting experience included support for the Environmental Protection Agency, National Toxicology Program, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She worked for several years as a science writer for the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Her doctoral research evaluated drinking water safety plans (a risk management approach) for European water suppliers, while her master’s project advanced water management programs in a peri-urban community in Chiapas, Mexico. She also volunteered with Engineers Without Borders in Peru and has authored more than 15 peer-reviewed publications.
Karen holds a PhD from the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a MESM specialized in water resources management from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a BS in environmental biology from the University of Dayton.