Clarion is truly a collaborative – joining clients with national experts to provide comprehensive services that result in systemic change. Karen Archer Perry is the principal consultant for Clarion Collaborative.
Karen Archer Perry is the principal consultant for Clarion Collaborative. She is a recognized expert in the digital information space and a leading innovator for programs that expand information access to diverse and underserved populations. With over ten years of experience in programmatic and policy work aimed at bridging the digital divide, Karen has worked with schools, libraries, government agencies and technology vendors to ensure that internet-enabled services are available to all. As a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Program, Karen managed broadband, research, and policy grants that have impacted thousands of libraries across the county. Many continue to support library leaders and inform the evolution of public libraries. She developed multi-million-dollar grant programs with the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the Aspen Institute. The Pew Library Research project provides community leaders with national data on consumer expectations for libraries; the Aspen program will broadly engage library and community leaders to develop a new value proposition for public libraries in the digital age.
s Digital Inclusion Summit. She served as Director of Field Outreach for the Knight Center of Digital Excellence, a Principal Consultant with Karacomm, and a Sales Executive and Manager with top telecommunications providers Lucent, Bell Labs and AT&T. s in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Washington.