Karen Cramer is the Chief Community Impact Officer at TechBridge. TechBridge is a national nonprofit with a vision of poverty alleviation through collective action. TechBridge utilizes the generosity of the technology community to transform nonprofits and helps community residents obtain skills to meet the job demands of the technology community. TechBridge and Goodwill of North Georgia’s Technology Career program include technical training, case management, business acumen, and financial literacy to help residents obtain skills to meet industry demand and improve their earnings potential. Karen leads TechBridge’s collective action strategy and is passionate about data sharing and building data collaboratives across the broader nonprofit community that allow for the better coordination of services and the matching of service demand and capacity to improve community outcomes. Karen earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from James Madison University and M.S. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.
- Karen talks about her background in social work and the journey into leadership at TechBridge.
- TechBridge has a remarkable career program to build capacity and serve underrepresented populations which Karen shares more about.
- Many times in economic downturns, technology is one of the first items to be cut by non-profit organizations’ budgets. Karen talks about the importance of technology innovation as a result of the pandemic to meet innovative needs.
- Like many organizations, TechBridge is operating with a remote team. Karen talks about how they continue to collaborate, get things done, and give each other the grace needed in their personal lives.