Karen comes to the Club following an impressive 14 year career at Toyota Financial Services (TFS), where in her last role as Senior Director, Dealer Lending Operation, she led a team of 20+ managers and analysts, responsible for providing $16 billion in financing to over 1,400 Toyota dealerships.Karen has a proven record of leadership, team building and process improvement and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
She then began her career at Toyota Financial Services in its Treasury department where Karen managed the Capital Markets funding programs.Karen oversaw these programs through the financial crisis of 2008 and then through Toyota’s challenging years related to recalls and to production shortfalls. During this time she also managed TFS’ investor relations program, which involved speaking engagements throughout the country and globally. Karen and her team earned several industry awards for their work in the Capital Markets.
She also has an impressive philanthropic background and long been a champion of diversity and women empowerment,recently serving on the board of the YMCA Santa Monica-Westside, promoting initiatives at Toyota and serving two years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, Africa.
Karen lives in Santa Monica with her husband Todd and three children. She is an avid distance runner having completed eight marathons and one ultra-marathon. She also has deep roots in the community, receiving her BA in International Economics from UCLA and a MBA in Corporate Finance from USC – Marshall School of Business.