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Karen Palacio

Senior Director, Programs

Karen serves as a Senior Director on the Programs team where she oversees grant expenditures and evaluates outcomes for several END Fund programs, while providing support for NTD programming, capacity building, and organizational development. Karen brings over ten years of experience in global health grant management, advocacy, and partnership building.

Prior to joining the END Fund, Karen served as a Senior Program Officer for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute. In this role, Karen managed grant awards to multilateral institutions and non-profit organizations, and led advocacy, resource mobilization, and partnership activities aimed at strengthening national NTD programs over 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and African regions. Karen was a founding employee of the Global Network and has experience managing a wide-range of startup activities including strategic planning and team building, grant writing, and high-profile advocacy engagement. Prior to her role with Sabin, Karen worked at Partners of the Americas and at Arch Street Communications.

Karen holds a Master’s of Public Health from The George Washington University. She is also a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego. She is a native Spanish speaker and outside of work, supports Catholic Charities’ local immigration services program.