Karen Parker is the President & Chief Executive Officer at Safe Alliance in Charlotte, NC, which provides sexual assault and domestic violence services to over 12,000 people annually throughout Mecklenburg County and Lake Norman.
At Safe Alliance Karen oversees an agency budget of over $4.7 million and directs over 75 staff.
Additionally she represents Safe Alliance through local, state and national activities and serves as the organization’s lead decision maker and spokesperson.
Karen also participates on a number of state and local committees focusing on policy development and advocacy. In 2009 she was appointed by Governor Beverly Perdue to chair the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission. Karen is also a member of the board of directors of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Forensic Medicine Program and is the past board co-chair of the North Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence.
Karen graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with concentrations in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She also holds a Master’s degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Karen has been employed with a number of nonprofit and government organizations in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas and has worked 26 years with organizations focused on assisting trauma survivors and ending domestic violence and sexual assault.