Karen works with Aquaya researchers and diverse partners to bolster the practical applications of evidence produced by Aquaya. She oversees development of varied project outputs as well as the data-into-use component of Rural Evidence and Learning for Water (REAL-Water). In addition, she supports internal capacity development on writing, engagement, equity, and impact evaluation.
Prior to joining Aquaya, Karen’s professional experience included consulting for US federal environmental health agencies. 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) among European water suppliers, while her master’s project advanced water management practices in a peri-urban community in southern Mexico. She volunteered with Engineers Without Borders in rural 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 specializing in water resources management from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a BS in environmental biology from the University of Dayton.