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Hi, I'm Karen Foley

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Karen G. Foley, MBA

President & CEO

Appointed President and CEO of JPA in December 2014, I bring extensive corporate and child welfare experience to my role. Previously, I served as President and CEO for The Hope Institute for Children and Families, serving children with autism and developmental delays across Illinois. While at Hope, I worked closely with the Board on governance and growth initiatives, resulting in the creation of The Hope Family Centers to better serve parents as they navigated systems of support for their children, including the introduction of a parent-to-parent mentoring program.

From 2004 to March 2013, I served as President of Chicago Scholars, a college to career program reaching hundreds of high-potential students from low-income communities. I transformed the organization from providing small one-time scholarships to a comprehensive multi-year college-to-career program. Prior to that, I was an Executive Vice President and head of global marketing at CNA Insurance Companies.


I earned my MBA from The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, and my undergraduate degree from Hamilton College.

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