November 13th, 2018-
We at Latino STEM Alliance are thrilled to announce and introduce Karen Chacón as our new Executive Director! She joined us in October 2018 after serving as Chief of Staff for the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies for five years at Educational Development Center (EDC). As Executive Director, Ms. Chacón is responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of strategic planning, program management and fundraising for the organization. Ms. Chacon brings extensive experience working in the education and youth development fields. Ms. Chacón’s specific responsibilities include: guiding LSA in partnership with academic and community leaders to provide or expand services at existing sites; providing deeper and broader instruction in all aspects of STEM to students in Kindergarten-grade 12; expanding the geographic base to include additional Gateway Cities in Eastern Massachusetts.
Born in Jamaica Plain and educated in Boston, Ms. Chacón participated in youth education and organizing programs at the Hyde Square Task Force, and later served on the Task Force’s Board of Directors. She was one of the youth leaders that successfully boycotted Kmart out of Jackson Square, advocating for a youth center and local community development. After graduating from Boston Latin School, Ms. Chacón attended Wheelock College in the Fenway and earned an undergraduate degree in Human Development, as well as a certificate in community-based human services. During her early college years, Ms. Chacón served as an event coordinator for the Jamaica Plain World’s Fair, a community music and vendor festival that brought together more than 20,000 attendees from across the city.
After graduating from Wheelock College, she served as the Director of Community Relations for Boston City Councilor Michael Ross. During this time, she also served as the board chair for the Hyde Square Housing Cooperative, in which she resided in Jamaica Plain. While working at the Boston City Council, Ms. Chacón also earned her graduate degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College, Boston Campus. After working at the Boston City Council, Ms. Chacón relocated to Virginia and served as the Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia, and later as the Associate Director of Advancement Services at the University of Lynchburg. She then relocated to New York City and served as the Director of Development Operations at Pace University for five years.
Reach out to Karen, and help us in extending to her a warm welcome to Latino STEM Alliance!