Karen Olson is the founder and president emeritus of Family Promise, a national interfaith nonprofit organization, started in Union County, NJ, committed to helping homeless families nationwide achieve lasting independence. Family Promise has 203 affiliates in 42 states and has served over 700,000 individuals in need by mobilizing more than 180,000 volunteers in 6,000 congregations who provide shelter, meals and support services to families.
A former manager at Warner Lambert, Karen has been working on behalf of the poor and homeless since the mid-1980s. She has received numerous awards for her work, among them the 1992 Annual Points of Light Award from former President George H.W. Bush, the New Jersey Governor’s Pride Award in Social Services, and the Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service