Chief Operating Officer of the Bedrosian Trust, Karen has worked with numerous non-profit organizations, many dedicated to serving children, for more than 30 years. She graduated cum laude from UC Santa Barbara with a double major in biological sciences and linguistics, earned a J.D. from the University of Southern California, and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1995.
In addition to her work with the Bedrosian Trust, Karen serves as CFO for the Karisma Foundation, which funds many non-profit organizations benefiting children. Examples include work with The Wonder of Reading to build libraries at five public elementary schools in Los Angeles, and with Perkins School for the Blind to start the first program for blind and deaf-blind children in Armenia.
For many years, Karen has specialized in organizing large fundraising events that have helped raise millions of dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. Her current philanthropic focus is her work as President of The Founding Associates of The John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation, which has supported promising research into Alzehimer’s disease that is not funded by the government or pharmaceutical companies.
Karen is a member of the Advisory Board for the Bedrosian Center of Governance and the Public Enterprise at USC and is a member of the Dean’s Cabinet for the Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Ted, and their sons, John Owen and Thomas Kelly.