Our team brings a combined thirty years of experience in highly-competitive environments in both the private and public sectors. We are a team of strategists, catalysts, and doers. Our reputation for excellence is characterized by integrity, discipline, and heart.
Karen brings nearly two decades of executive search and talent advisory experience to OpenAccess. Building leadership teams and scaling workforces for F500 companies and hyper growth startups alike, she knows ﬁrsthand that creativity and innovation thrive in workplaces committed to diversity and inclusion.
Prior to OpenAccess, Karen founded and led several executive search practices recruiting talent and advising on inclusive workplace strategy, recruitment and retention practices and leadership development. Her work has contributed to the growth of some of the most influential companies in the world including Alphabet, Cisco, Microsoft, and IBM. In her work to expand economic opportunity for underserved populations, Karen has innovated career program models through highly-collaborative public/private partnerships between the tech industry and the Dream Corps, the Kapor Center for Social Impact, California Community Colleges and the California Workforce Development Board.
Prior to executive search, Karen held sales and services leadership roles for several venture-backed startups bringing emerging technologies to market. She began her career as a Financial Analyst with ABN AMRO in Taipei, Taiwan.
Karen is privileged to be a mentor and advisor in the areas of allyship, entrepreneurship, and inclusive mentorship. She credits her lifelong independence, resilience and grit to those who encouraged her “to swing for the fences” at the age of 8 as the first girl integrating the all boys baseball little league.
Karina is committed to elevating women in the workforce. With more than fifteen years of experience working in the public sector, Karina’s career is driven by one fundamental belief: that communities and businesses become stronger when you invest in people and expand access to opportunity. She brings an extensive network of senior executives and government leaders to OpenAccess.
Prior to OpenAccess, Karina spent more than a decade working at the highest levels of government. At the Obama White House, Karina led the Congressional Affairs and recruitment efforts within the Presidential Personnel Office. She created strategies to recruit world-class talent to join President Obama’s political team across all agencies, contributing to the most diverse federal workforce in history.
Previously, Karina worked as a Special Advisor to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand where she advocated on behalf of women and families. She also spent a number of years working for New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson where she helped connect underserved communities to financial services and educational resources.
Karina is a tireless advocate for her community. She is the Founder and Podcast Host of the Reach Mama Network, an organization that tells the stories of executive moms of color in the workplace. She serves on the Community Advisory Panel for KQED and is a board member of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. Karina has been featured in Forbes, ABC News 7 and Univision. She was named Latina of the Year for El Diario La Prensa, the oldest and largest national Spanish-language newspaper.