Karen Robinson is the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Financial Services for Global Impact and Geneva Global. Karen lends her leadership to building the organizations strategy and vision while leading the financial and business services lines of business.
Previously serving as Geneva Global’s CFO and COO, Karen spearheaded the build-out of the HR infrastructure to meet both domestic and international support needs, recognizing the connectivity that exists between people and results. She also built the back-office services for accounting, banking, risk management, IT, and legal, which have supported the growing organization over the past decade. Karen's career demonstrates expertise in building and leading successful businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Her experience spans domestic and international organizations, and diverse sectors such as financial services, education, philanthropy, consulting, and IT outsourcing. Karen has led organizations to financial success—from startups through businesses in distress—with her pragmatic approach to problem solving. Her record shows that when her advice and counsel are followed, there will be successful outcomes.
Whether leading and collaborating with internal teams, advising clients, sourcing vendors and solutions, or engaging with boards, Karen facilitates thoughtful discussion and decision-making and ensures actionable steps that lead to results. She has the ability to help organizations adapt quickly to change and build infrastructure that is right-sized for the needs of the business.
Karen has contributed to the evolution of Geneva Global’s business strategy, including an in-depth study of the wealth management sector that resulted in new referral partners. With the company’s infrastructure backbone in place, Karen recognized an opportunity to develop a shared services revenue platform and marketed this to nonprofits.
In this capacity, she served as an outsourced CFO for the END Fund and Luminos. Additionally, Karen serves as a Director for Capital for Good USA and leads the management of this nonprofit.
Outside the office, she enjoys initiating “forced marches” during time off with her family and loves outdoor activities including walking, hiking, skiing, golfing, and just being anywhere outside. She also enjoys listening to a wide variety of podcasts—suggestions welcome.
Karen has an MBA from Villanova and a BS in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Richmond.