Karen Doyle Grossman, is the Executive Director for the Garrison Institute. She was the founding Vice President, Social Innovations at Mercy Corps, a $400 million international organization operating in 44 countries. In this role, Karen created and directed Mercy Corps’ work to advance highly scalable, double bottom line solutions. At the Aspen Institute, Karen launched the Institute’s Young Leadership Initiative for executives under the age of 45. She served as associate director for the Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program, leading multi-year initiatives to document, evaluate and fund innovative anti-poverty strategies in the United States. There, Karen created and founded MicroMentor, the world’s largest community of entrepreneurs and experienced volunteer business mentors. Additionally, she served as Executive Director of WorldTeach and Vice President for the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She is a doctoral candidate in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Karen was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition of meditation in 2005.