Karen brings two decades of executive search and talent management experience to OpenAccess. She specializes in cross-industry search, recruiting leaders transforming complex and highly competitive markets. Through multiple market cycles, her work has fueled a startup ecosystem shaping the future of the digital economy and contributing to a more just economy. Karen’s multicultural upbringing and experience inspires her work to create a more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable economy that works for everyone.
Prior to OpenAccess, recruited inclusive leaders to enterprise SaaS, cleantech, and social impact sectors while advising on inclusive workplace strategy. Early in her career, Karen held sales and service leadership roles for venture-backed startups bringing emerging technologies to market. She began her career as a Financial Analyst with ABN AMRO in Taipei, Taiwan.
A tireless advocate for economic opportunity for women and underserved communities, Karen has helped pioneer inclusive, advanced-tech ecosystem models to drive equity and opportunity in regional economic development.She is a Tech Apprenticeship Program advisor to industry, community-based organizations, the CaliforniaWorkforce Development Board, and California Community Colleges.
She is privileged to serve as a mentor, advisor and coach in the areas of allyship, entrepreneurship, and inclusive mentorship.
Karina is a recognized DEI leader specializing in inclusive workplace strategy. She brings fifteen years of experience in leadership development, strategic communications, and public policy to OpenAccess.
At the Obama White House, Karina led outreach and recruitment within the Presidential Personnel Office creating strategies to recruit world-class talent to join President Obama’s leadership teams across all agencies, contributing to the most diverse federal workforce in history. Additionally, Karina served as the Director of Congressional Affairs forging partnerships with Congress and national advocacy groups. Prior to the Obama White House, Karina was a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy and worked as a Special Advisor to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand leading legislative initiatives for women and families. She started her career working on political campaigns and serving as a Special Assistant to New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson helping connect underserved communities to financial services and educational resources.
Karina is an on-air contributor to Univision's Bay Area morning show where she hosts a popular segment about influential women in business. An inspirational activist and speaker, she has received numerous awards and recognitions including being selected as a Coro Leadership Fellow; New York State Assembly Leadership Award; and the Woman of Distinction award from El Diario La Prensa, New York’s largest Spanish-language newspaper.
Karina proudly serves on the national board of Girls Leadership and has been featured in Forbes, the NY Times, and ABC News 7.
Corey is an empathy practitioner and educator working with innovative companies and individuals to build safe spaces for inclusive and diverse experiences.
Corey believes in the power of human connection and its power to drive real impact. Over his ten years of experience as a policy professional and program manager, he knows firsthand that an emphasis on emotional intelligence—self-awareness, empathy, and interpersonal skills—leads to a more committed, productive, and engaged workforce creating real impact in the workplace and spaces they occupy.
Corey has scaled diversity programs across several companies, including the CIA and Facebook, and has developed and facilitated over 50 workshops on allyship, bias, privilege, and building empathy across the tech sector. He speaks on a variety of topics for companies including Google, Expedia, Facebook, Fitbit, Gusto, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He was most recently featured in Fortune Magazine's raceAhead newsletter.
Corey holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelors in Political Science from Vanderbilt University.