Karen Volker

Director of Strategic & International Partnerships | Email: volkerk@uic.edu | Office: 202-957-9554

Karen Volker is the Director Strategic & International Partnerships and is based in Cure Violence’s Washington, DC office.  She has been working with Cure Violence since January 2012.  Prior to joining Cure Violence, Ms. Volker spent over 25 years in the U.S. Foreign Service.  Immediately prior to retiring from the State Department, Ms. Volker was the Chief of Staff for the (then) new Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions.

Prior to that, she was the Director of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a $500 million program that supports civil society organizations in the Middle East and North Africa.  Earlier Foreign Service assignments included the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy,  U.S. Stability Pact Coordinator, and Special Assistant in the Coordinator’s office for transitions in both the former Soviet Union and in Central and Eastern Europe.  Overseas assignments included Budapest, Brussels, and London.

Karen Volker has devoted her professional life to promoting pluralism and democracy, defending human rights and preventing violence.  As Director of the Cure Violence office in Washington, DC, Ms. Volker interacts with policy-makers and legislators on behalf of Cure Violence.  Given her Foreign Service background, she has also devoted a large portion of her time to helping expand Cure Violence’s international work.