Karen Karnicki is the program associate for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Peacebuilding and Western Balkans programs. Prior to joining the RBF, Ms. Karnicki was an intern at UN Women, where she conducted quantitative and qualitative research to support efforts to mainstream gender within the intergovernmental processes of the UN system. In 2014, she joined the inaugural team at Rhize, a start-up nonprofit that seeks to build the capacity of grassroots social movements around the world by connecting them to the skills, strategies, and networks they need to make their work more effective. As a fellow at Rhize, Ms. Karnicki helped grow the budding organization into a global support system by fundraising, managing research projects, developing training materials, and assisting with the design and implementation of the Rhize catalyst fellowship program. Ms. Karnicki also worked as an ESOL teacher in Prague, Czech Republic and as an assistant for the Islamic Civilization & Societies program at Boston College. She holds a Master of Arts in human rights studies with a concentration in gender and transitional justice from Columbia University, as well as a B.A. from Boston College, where she double majored in Slavic studies and Islamic civilization & societies.