Karen Minkel, Director Emerita


As director of the Home Region Program of the Walton Family Foundation, Karen is responsible for work with grantees focused on quality of life initiatives in Northwest Arkansas and the Delta Region of Arkansas and Mississippi. Karen previously worked for the City of Fayetteville as Director of Strategic Planning and Internal Consulting and served as a Teach For America corps member in Harlem. She holds a master's of public policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor's of science in communication studies from Northwestern University. Karen and her husband, Justin, live in Fayetteville. They have two children.

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