Karen Minkel is responsible for work with grantees focused on quality of life initiatives in Northwest Arkansas and the Delta Region of Arkansas and Mississippi. Karen was previously a senior research officer in the Evaluation Unit at the foundation and provided analysis and evaluation of the Home Region Program’s grants and strategies. Before coming to the Walton Family Foundation, Karen worked for the City of Fayetteville as director of strategic planning and internal consulting, administering and evaluating myriad programs, policies and processes. She has also worked in public sector consulting in London and served as a Teach For America corps member in Harlem.
She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.