Karen is a freelance user research consultant and is looking to enter the innovation consulting field. Recent projects include ethnographic research in China for a multi-national beverage company and a media campaign highlighting civil rights abuses for the Asian Law Caucus. Karen’s passion lies in bringing people together to foster new initiatives for social innovation. To that end she has facilitated workshops on mixed race issues, classes on human-centered design and community discussions on social entrepreneurship. Her interests include mental health and women’s rights within the API community, and she continues to volunteer as a mentor in an Asian-American youth program at Helms Middle School in Richmond. Karen graduated from U.C. Berkeley last May with a B.A. and high honors in Rhetoric and a minor in Chinese language.