Karen Francis is passionate about improving the community she lives in and has over 20 years of experience allocating and raising critical funding for leading nonprofits. As director of development, she is responsible for Child Guidance Center’s community outreach, donor relations and fundraising.
Karen’s admiration of Child Guidance Center began in 2004 while conducting a grantee site visit in her role as senior program officer of the Orange County Community Foundation. She was thrilled to support CGC’s program expansion as the director of community relations for Orange County United Way. In addition to allocating over $30 million in grant funding to nonprofits, Karen has raised significant financial resources in her development roles at the House of Blues Foundation, Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Children’s Bureau Los Angeles, partnering with business leaders, private philanthropists, celebrities and professional sports athletes. She holds a master’s degree in social work with a focus on nonprofit management from UCLA.
Karen lives in Newport Beach and enjoys pondering the mysteries of life and sports with her son Brooks. She volunteers in the classroom at Mariners Elementary School.