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Karen Crowe

Interim Vice President for Communications and Marketing

Contact Information

206 Culkin Hall
[email protected]

Karen has more than 30 years of experience leading communications and marketing departments in the education, government, and non-profit sectors. She served as Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications at the City University of New York Herbert H. Lehman College, where she raised visibility by refocusing staff on media relations and social media activities. She revised and reinforced branding guidelines and worked closely with the Admissions Department to increase applications and enrollment.

Prior to this, she served as Associate Commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, responsible for advertising, media relations, publications, language access, website, and social media. She managed a budget of more than $10 million and developed impactful campaigns around key topics such as smoking cessation, HIV prevention and treatment, and healthy eating. She has held numerous high-profile positions in the New York City Office of the Mayor, the city’s Education Department, and the city’s Comptroller’s Office. Karen also led communications efforts for SEIU Local 32BJ, a union representing building service workers during their expansion throughout the northeastern U.S. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University.