Karen Carrillo

Karen joined the GPSEN board of directors in the summer of 2017. As the Education and Engagement Manager for the Oregon Environmental Council, she works on developing and implementing education and engagement strategies that build awareness of environmental problems and solutions; specifically around air quality and climate protection issues. She has worked on sustainability, youth violence prevention, and health issues with local and international organizations such as the MercyCorps, the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, and Self Enhancement Inc.

Karen grew up in the central mountains of Latin America’s Northwest, the highest of the three branches of the Colombian Andes. She was born to a family of coffee farmers, ranchers and soldiers. At the age of ten, she moved to Alaska. Both her life and work experiences have led her to working on critical issues relating to environmental justice, education, and culture. She is a graduate of the Center for Diversity and the Environment’s E42 program and has helped to lead racial equity assessments and policy development to help institutionalize equity work and mechanisms for accountability within the nonprofit sector.

She received her degree in International and Sustainable Urban Development from Portland State University, and a certificate of French language proficiency from CIEP for France’s Ministry of Education; she is fluent in French and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys watching informative documentaries, kayaking Oregon’s popular and under-loved waterways, gardening while listening to podcasts, salsa dancing, and traveling many miles to spend time with her abuelo.

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