Karen Vargas is the Board Liaison and Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. She manages the executive office and supports the board of directors and advisory council. Prior to joining the IAF, Vargas worked in fundraising at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and served as an NGO capacity-building volunteer with the Peace Corps in Mozambique. She holds a master’s degree in International Public Administration and Development from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Penn State University. She holds additional certificates in Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Assistance and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.