Karen is deeply rooted and connected to the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the product of its diversity and embodies the same resilience of its citizens. Karen’s family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 50’s. Karen attended and graduated from the then local High School in East Palo Alto. Karen worked for one of the pioneers of Silicon Valley, Hewlett-Packard (HP), at their headquarters in Palo Alto for many years. Karen was a dedicated employee at HP and she witnessed and analyzed the growth of the local economy of the newly formed Silicon Valley from its infancy stages. Karen worked in various positions and divisions within HP, until an internal opportunity within HP led her to Atlanta, Georgia.