Queen of the Castle (Board Chairperson)
Karen Clune brings nearly 20 years of global development experience to Learn to Play. Most recently, Karen was the Innovation Team Lead within the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Health Bureau. She identified and developed initiatives, partnerships, and activities to catalyze and accelerate groundbreaking innovations for global health.
Most notably, Karen led efforts around the $100M Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge partnership and supported projects, which aimed to dramatically reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and stillbirths.
Prior to her work at USAID, Karen was the Post-Operative Program Manager with Operation Smile, a Sexual and Reproductive Health Advisor with Peace Corps Jamaica, and a Rural Health Volunteer with Peace Corps Senegal.
In addition to Learn to Play, Karen also sits on the Board of Directors for a global health company focusing on providing universal access to medical products and supplies. Karen holds a MPH degree in Global Health from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Anthropology from the University of Virginia.
As a child, Karen loved playing school, building lego towns, and family board game nights.