Karen is the Founder and CEO of Laurel Advisors, LLC, which provides financial and compliance consulting to Founders Equity Partners. Prior to starting Laurel Advisors, Karen was the Chief Financial Officer of BlueRun Ventures, a global venture capital firm with more than $1 billion in assets, based in Menlo Park. She was previously Director of Finance of Sofinnova Ventures, a Menlo Park-based technology and life science venture capital firm. Prior to Sofinnova, Karen was Managing Director, Finance for a private equity firm and held senior finance positions at several large organizations.
She is a CPA and began her career at Deloitte. Karen is actively involved in the venture community, and is currently on the board of the West Coast Chapter of the Private Equity CFO Association. She has also served as chair and board member of VCBC, a 250+ member organization of finance professionals in venture capital and on several committees of the NVCA CFO Task Force. Karen is a regular speaker at VC and private equity CFO conferences is also active within the Oakland CA non-profit community.