Karen May — Senior Associate

Karen MayKaren May has over 20 years of experience in community organizing, stakeholder engagement and training, project development and management, strategic planning, policy development and implementation, entrepreneurial training and business development, as well as fundraising and development finance.  She holds an M.S. in Community Economic Development and an M.A. in Economic Analysis with a concentration in International Policy and the Political Economy of Development.

Before serving as the Development Director for the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University, May consulted with private firms, government entities and nonprofits, and founded a national nonprofit called the Council for Regional Equity to promote access to equity financing for underserved areas.  She developed several “community development venture capital funds,” wrote and testified on state, regional, and national legislation, and worked closely with state leaders such as then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama and officials with the Clinton administration.  Her early career experience working directly with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers gave her a love of community organizing and leadership development, and a firm belief that successful development projects must include strong community components.