Karen Olson
Communitize Founder, community Organizer and Trainer

Karen Olson is a community organizer and trainer with more than a decade of experience working in the US, Europe and Russia. In her work on global organizing campaigns, she unites communities across borders. She curated the Vector online course “How to Organize a Community” for Strelka Institute, which debuted in May 2018. Through her company, Communitize, she holds organizing training workshops in Russia and Europe. She recently served as a Global Coordinator for Women’s March, bringing together grassroots coalitions around the world in an historic march on January 21, 2017, to promote women’s rights as human rights and to champion the values of equality, diversity and inclusion. She also launched the “Theatrical Perspectives” program in Moscow in 2012, which provides young people with disabilities the opportunity to learn the art of playwriting as a means to find their public voice, to experience and advocate for inclusion and to acquire leadership skills. Karen studied community organizing with Professor Marshall Ganz of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She holds a Master’s Degree in Interpretation from the University of Geneva, and a Bachelor’s Degree in History, with Honors in Russian, Soviet and East European Studies, from Williams College.

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