Karen Buck


As Director of Institutional Giving, Karen works closely with Research, Public Engagement and Communications staff to create comprehensive proposals for submission to foundations throughout the United States.

Karen has over two decades of successful experience in all areas of development as a senior-level fundraising professional. She has obtained six- and seven-figure individual and institutional gifts and grants and has extensive knowledge of the philanthropic community. Karen has always had a passion for public affairs and policy. Becoming associated with Public Agenda has afforded her the unique opportunity to combine her personal commitments with her professional acumen.

Prior to assuming her current responsibilities at Public Agenda, Karen was associated with Columbia University, The New School, New York University and the City University of New York Graduate Center. She has also consulted throughout her career to cultural, educational and social service nonprofit organizations throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Karen holds a BA from Marymount College and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Email: kbuck@publicagenda.org