Karen Pearson is an experienced programs and communications strategist with a successful track record in fund development; as well as corporate, investor, and community relations. She specializes in economic and business development, most recently serving as Director of Business Relations for the San Diego North Economic Development Council. Throughout her career, Karen has built coalitions and partnerships across private and public sectors to help grow the regional economy in San Diego. Prior to her role at the San Diego North Economic Development Council, Karen worked as the Director of Community Relations for the Mitchell Thorp Foundation.
Karen became involved with MiraCosta College through her early work with the San Diego North Economic Development Council. As MiraCosta was expanding its economic footprint in the region, Karen worked with administrators and staff on campus to grow the career pathways for graduates entering the local workforce. Today, she leverages her relationships in the community to encourage local corporations and business leaders to partner with MiraCosta so that more students have opportunities to gain real-life experience and internships before graduating.
Volunteerism has always been at the heart of Karen’s work. In addition to her work with the MiraCosta College Foundation, Karen regularly spends her time mentoring local youth and volunteering on the boards of True Care (formerly North County Health Services) and the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation. As a result of her dedication to the community, Karen was awarded the Volunteer of the Award in both 2011 and 2013 from the North County Philanthropy Council.