Karen Smith

Senior Program Coordinator

Karen Smith

Karen Smith comes to Northwestern after having spent nearly a decade doing hands-on work growing and running the operations of a non-profit organization in Evanston,Illinois. It was there she gained perspective on the inequities and challenges facing youth and young adults living in at-risk situations and the effect that intergenerational gun violence has on our communities. She is mission driven and excited about supporting the work of Corners in its efforts to address gun violence and other pressing social issues and to improve the health and safety of our neighborhoods. Karen has a master’s degree in business administration. In her free time, she likes to spend time with family, be outdoors, play pickleball, and see animals in nature.

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Currently, our research focuses primarily on gun violence prevention and community violence intervention (CVI), policing practices, and public safety, and we are expanding into other areas that effect neighborhood health and well-being.
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