Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County


Karen Erren, CEO Palm Beach County Food Bank

Karen Erren is known for her excellent problem solving, communication, and relationship-building skills, with success in fostering collaboration and building consensus. Her past experience has demonstrated a history of creating and implementing fundraising and revenue goals that exceed targets through strategic planning, fiscal oversight, stewardship, and major gift procurement. It is experience that has well-prepared her for this most recent leadership role.

Prior to joining the Palm Beach County Food Bank in 2017, Karen switched her focus from corporate America to spend nearly 20 years in the nonprofit world, most recently serving as director of business development for Russ Reid in Pasadena, CA, a marketing and communications agency devoted to the growth of nonprofits.

She has also served as development director of the Arkansas Food Bank in Little Rock, where she tripled its annual income; executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Little Rock where she led double-digit revenue growth each year while strengthening its infrastructure and organizational processes; and director of resource development for City Rescue Mission in Jacksonville, FL. Karen received her Bachelor of Science in communications from Stephens College in Columbia, MO.

Since working in the non-profit sector, Karen’s career has been filled with purpose and reward. She believes that the key to professional success is a willingness to see yourself clearly.