KAREN WATKINS-WATTS, MBA, GPC is an accomplished nonprofit management professional with expertise in grant writing, fundraising, and program development to positively change lives primarily among diverse, marginalized urban populations. She has a track record of award-winning proposals, including over $12 million in grants to close achievement gaps among 17,500 K-12 students as Grants Manager for the Brockton Public Schools. Prior to relocating to Massachusetts, Karen was founder and Executive Director of an urban nonprofit career training and placement agency serving the financial. The agency’s acclaimed Corporate Partnership Program engaged financial sector employers in providing career placement, mentoring, and philanthropic support for students (program scholarships), including many single mothers. This public-private partnership model earned the U.S. Department of Labor’s EPIC (Exemplary Public Interest Contribution) award.
Karen “teaches others to fish” in her Grant Writing and Resource Development course for Cambridge College School of Management. Her volunteer involvement includes the Brockton Adult Learning Center Advisory Board; Mt. Moriah Food Pantry; Big Sister (mentor) for Big Brother/Big Sisters; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and Messiah Baptist Church. She is immediate-past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association, a longtime partner of the Stonehill College Center for Nonprofit Management in bringing professional development programming to nonprofits across the region.
Karen’s credentials include a Master of Business Administration degree; Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis; Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education School Business Officer licensure; National Institute of School Leadership Certification; and Grant Professional Certification.