Karen Vargas has been the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of the IAF for the last three years. She supports the administrative functions of the executive office, manages the CEO’s calendar and travel arrangements, and provides logistical support for board meetings and trips. She also supports the members of the management team and compiles monthly reports to the board on their behalf. Karen moved to Washington D.C. from her native Los Angeles, where she was working with the fundraising team at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. From 2011–2013 she served as a community health and NGO capacity-building volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Mozambique. As a Master’s International student, she completed a capstone project partnered with International Relief and Development in Mozambique, where she led the field research team and co-wrote the final impact assessment of the Women First project. Karen started working with non-profit organizations 10 years ago and is passionate about community resilience and programs directly supporting vulnerable populations. She is specifically interested in the intersection of program evaluation and learning and external engagement, particularly in the form of private-public partnerships. Karen earned her master’s degree in International Administration from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Penn State University. Her academic research has focused on democracy and illicit markets in Latin America. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.