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Karen Black brings a wide range of experience to her new role as Director of Communications at Coastal Community Foundation. In addition to her lengthy track record in strategic communications and project management, she has worked in the entertainment industry and has volunteered and served on the boards of several arts, education and community organizations.
Karen’s communications expertise and creative acumen have been developed through two decades of helping organizations identify and amplify their most compelling content in print, online, and through video and audio. She believes in the power of media arts to raise awareness and connect communities through shared experience. She has worked in communications for organizations such as Harvard University, Emerson College, Antioch University Los Angeles, the College of Charleston, and most recently the Charleston County School District where she served as the Communications Officer for over 3 ½ years.
Karen holds two undergraduate degrees from Boston University (English and Journalism) and a Master’s in Media Arts from Emerson College, with a focus on directing and producing. She has several years of independent production experience in Boston and Los Angeles, and has worked for ABC/Disney and the children’s television show Imagination Movers. She is an associate producer on the short film re/collection which premiered in March 2017 at the Sun Valley Film Festival. Her work has screened at the Indie Grits Film Festival, the New England Film and Video Festival, and at streamingfestival.com.
Karen is an erstwhile debater and longtime stage performer. She is the founder and host of Charleston’s Truth Is, a monthly live show featuring true, personal stories told by people from all walks of life. She’ll be appearing later this month in a production of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean at Charleston’s Footlight Players.
Karen’s roots stem from Pittsburgh, northeastern Ohio, Myrtle Beach, and Boston but she is proud to call Charleston her home. She enjoys teaching part-time at the Art Institute and serving on the board of Fresh Future Farm, an urban garden, nonprofit grocery store, and entrepreneurial incubator in the heart of one of North Charleston’s food deserts.
She lives in Hampton Park Terrace, loves to travel and write, and is the mother of Howard, a quirky, 11-pound Chihuahua. She feels proud and privileged to be a part of the Coastal Community Foundation team.
Photo courtesy of Claire Lorynn.