Karen Gallardo, CFRE, director of planned giving

Karen joined Best Friends in January 2015 to lead the team helping donors make a gift to Best Friends in their will, trust or other financial plan. Karen is happiest when connecting donors to programs and assisting them in making larger gifts than they dreamed possible. She also enjoys documenting those positive gift experiences and writing joyful donor profiles. Prior to Best Friends, Karen worked for AARP Foundation, The Aspen Institute and The Nature Conservancy.

She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico and her MBA at The George Washington University. Karen resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and their two dogs, Bogey and Mulligan.