Karen Byers

Karen Byers is a leader in finance and strategic management. Formerly the Managing Director and CFO of The John & Mary R. Markle Foundation in New York City, she oversaw projects in internet policy, focusing on health, national security, and jobs. Karen also held leadership roles at organizations like Theatre Communications Group and KPMG. Karen is deeply involved in community service and volunteers for organizations in northwest Connecticut, including a role as Treasurer of The Lakeville Journal Foundation. As part of a U.S. Foreign Service Family, she had a European and American upbringing and was educated in German for four years. Karen holds an M.B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, an M.A. in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College, and a B.A. in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from Wheaton College. She resides in Canaan Valley, Conn., with her spouse Lillie Mikesell.

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