Founder, Topakian Communications
Fond Board of Directors, Greempeace
Karen began her activist career 40+ years ago in her home state of Rhode Island as a community organizer addressing crime and public safety issues in low-income communities. She then served as the University of Rhode Island’s first Women’s Center’s director, a food co-op manager, a nuclear disarmament campaigner for Greenpeace, the executive director at the Agape Foundation and currently the founder of Topakian Communications serving nonprofit social justice organizations. She served as the chair of the board of directors of Greenpeace, Inc. and recently transitioned to Greenpeace Fund board of directors.
Since 1982, Karen has participated in more than 30 acts of nonviolent direct actions addressing issues of anti-war, environmental protection, nuclear disarmament, and human rights. In January 2017, she participated in Greenpeace’s RESIST banner protest behind the White House.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Theater from Clark University and her MFA degree in filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Since 2013, she has served as a film screener for the San Francisco Green Film Festival and as a member of the SPIN Academy advisory board, a communications-training program for social justice activists.