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Team Bio

Karen Thomas

Training and Programs Facilitator, Content Facilitation Manager



Karen Thomas is a Training and Programs Manager at Ethos.

Karen has experience in teaching, program management, and DEIB transformational work. Prior to joining Ethos, she spent nine years as a third-grade teacher and three years supporting under-served youth in Chicago to gain access to achieve their educational goals.

Outside of her teaching and programmatic work, Karen has researched racial identity and colorism in America. As a biracial and transracial adoptee that grew up in Arlington Heights, IL, she has had a strong desire to understand her place in the world. This desire has led her to develop presentations and workshops focused on racial identity, and lead conversations around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Karen’s passion for people and their ability to embrace individuality keeps her active in her community. Using her unique perspectives she continues to fight for a more inclusive community by serving on the board of The League of Women Voters and leading the Black Student Union at her local high school. Karen received her BA in Education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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