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Karen Sharma
Managing Partner
Karen Sharma is a Managing Partner at MacDougall with 25 years of experience in strategic communications, public relations, branding and public affairs. Karen provides senior communications counsel to public and private biotech, healthcare and healthtech clients. Her areas of expertise include corporate branding and positioning, media strategy, issues management, public relations, marketing, crisis communications and patient advocacy. She is passionate about working with company founders to help craft their stories and build their brands. Prior to joining MacDougall, Karen developed communications and public affairs strategies for a wide range of healthcare and technology companies at Schwartz Communications and Newgrange Consulting. Karen recently served on the Board of Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program and was previously a deputy treasurer and the head of communications for the Massachusetts State Treasury. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Chester University and studied at the New School in New York City.

5 things you always wanted to know about Karen:

If I didn’t have to work on Tuesday, I would…
go skiing with friends and family (after sleeping in a bit). I would then have a great apr├Ęs ski dinner and cocktail at the ski lodge.

If I could, I’d donate my fortune to…
the World Surgical Foundation (based in PA). This group of surgeons and medical professionals travels to poverty-stricken, remote locations around the world to provide much needed medical treatment. The work they do is simply incredible and demonstrates what is truly important in this life.

When I head out on the highway, I’m usually looking for…
amazing scenery, an outdoor adventure (hiking, kayaking, skiing etc.) and a relaxed location for a good meal.

My first car was a…
red Volkswagen Cabriolet. I loved this car. It had a black top that was down at least half the time. It was also usually crammed with friends headed off on an adventure. So many fun memories in this car!