Karen Johns

National Director of External Affairs

Karen Johns became National Director of External Affairs possesses approximately 25 years of development and broader external relations experience gained through various roles in professional fundraising, executive leadership, and philanthropy-related consulting. She launched her fundraising career at Tufts University. Karen first became familiar with A Better Chance through her admissions and fundraising roles at Tufts, where she was part of a four-person team that managed a $40M campaign. She gained a deeper understanding of A Better Chance’s mission and impact while serving as Vice President for Fundraising with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, then as Executive Director of the Diversity Pipeline Alliance. In both roles, Karen successfully led ambitious growth strategies. Most recently, Karen has served as a philanthropic consultant, which will add considerable value to her prospective leadership as a member of the Management Team. She leverages a broad perspective of the nonprofit field and external relations, having successfully partnered with a wide range of clients (domestically and internationally), organizational profiles, and fundraising models.