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Karen Kao
Program Manager
Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO)

Karen Kao is a Program Manager for the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes, where she focuses on strategic partnerships. Previously, she has worked with universities and colleges on developing and implementing their sustainability action plans, as well as on engaging faculty, staff, and students on positive social-behavioral change for sustainability.

Karen has also worked in the clean energy industry in Massachusetts, where she focused on energy storage and energy resilience as emerging markets. She managed the state’s flagship $20 million dollar funding opportunity to pilot innovative, broadly-replicable energy storage use cases/business models with multiple value streams in order to prime Massachusetts for increased commercialization and deployment of storage technologies.

Karen graduated from Arizona State University with a Masters in Sustainable Solutions. While at ASU, she was a Project Manager for the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and an Intern for the City of Phoenix, where she worked on the PHX Cool Roofs Initiative. Her research interests include sustainable urban development, green buildings, social-behavioral change, policy and governance, and creative solutions.