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Class of June 1955 


During a 35-year career as a producer of business and educational films and videos, Karen wrote and directed more than 100 award-winning productions. She is a member of both the Directors Guild and the Writers Guild. She served the city as a Library Commissioner and two-term president of the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods. She is past president of the Economic Round Table of San Francisco and former board member of the Friends of San Francisco City Planning. For many years she has written the popular semi-monthly column, “Lily’s Diary” for the SF Apartment Magazine. As editor of the Cole Valley News for 15 years, she has kept the Greater Haight Ashbury well apprised of issues affecting that neighborhood. Karen's support of law enforcement was acknowledged in 2000 by a commendation from then California Attorney General Bill Lockyer. In 2006 she established a monthly gardening work party in the Alvord Lake area of Golden Gate Park, honored by San Francisco Beautiful. 


In 2008 she was named a “Neighborhood Treasure” by the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association. Two years later, she was one of ten women honored by the Commission on the Status of Women commemorating Women’s History Week. Karen serves as an adjudicator on the Northern-Park Neighborhood Court and is a long time volunteer at Project Homeless Connect.


A third-generation San Franciscan, Karen lived in Japan for three years and attended Yokohama High School before entering Lowell as a sophomore. She Received an M.A. in speech and drama from SFSU. She lives (happily) with her husband of 52 years in the Haight.