Karen is best known for her work in facilitating organizational transformations at all levels of UC Davis. These change efforts involved designing and implementing an administrative shared services center, leading strategic planning efforts to improve ailing operations, assessing human factors in change, creating stronger connections between customer requirements and resource redeployment, and developing action plans to bring about sustained operational improvements.
During her twenty-four years at UC Davis, Karen has held leadership roles in both administrative and academic units, including positions as the associate vice chancellor of human resources, associate vice chancellor of business services and UCDE department chair of Business, Technology & Engineering. Most recently, she rose to the challenge of leading the two-year initiative that restructured administrative functions for HR, finance, and payroll, culminating in the implementation of the Shared Services Center.
She has completed extensive training in organizational development, change management and facilitation. She is also an instructor in the UC Davis Executive Program, Staff Development & Professional Services, and WACUBO’s Business Managers Institute.