Karen holds the joint Thomas W. Haas Professorship with Curtis Ogden. Her primary responsibility as a Haas professor is to connect the community-engaged, transdisciplinary work of Food Solutions New England (FSNE), and, in particular, its racial equity work, to students, faculty, and staff at UNH through lectures, workshops, and collaborative scholarship. The Haas Professorship was established to deepen the ties between UNH and the New England food system; by serving as a “Professors of Practice”, Karen will bring unique community and practitioner perspectives into the UNH sustainable learning community.
Karen Spiller is Principal of KAS Consulting and provides mission-based consulting with a focus on resource matching, board development and strategic planning for health and equity-focused initiatives. She has extensive experience in working with youth, young adults and community members in a variety of educational and training programs. Karen serves on national and regional committees and leads teams committed to creating equitable public health and sustainable food systems with a number of organizations and initiatives including Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). As national SOPHE Chair of Chapter Development, she managed the coordination and collaboration of SOPHE’s 21 chapters across the United States for more than three years.
Currently, Karen is the Boston Chapter Program Director of Albert Schweitzer Fellowship where she directs the competitive selection of 15 master and doctoral candidates in the health-related professions. She supervises and mentors them in the development and implementation of a one-year direct-service community project addressing health disparities. Involved in state-wide and regional food system work, Karen is an engaged core team member of the Food Solutions New England network. She serves as Massachusetts Ambassador for its New England Food Vision linking the racial equity work of students; residents; organizations and; communities of color to the evolving food system work happening across the New England states. Karen serves local, state and regional organizations in various roles that include the Boston Food Forest Coalition, Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group as an Advisory Board member.