Karen Sharma
Managing Partner

Karen Sharma is a Managing Partner at MacDougall with over 20 years of experience in strategic communications, public relations, branding and public affairs. As the leader of MacDougall’s media relations and corporate communications practice, Karen’s role is to provide senior counsel to public and private healthcare, digital health and biotech clients. Her areas of expertise include corporate branding and positioning, media strategy, issues management, public relations, marketing, crisis communications and patient advocacy. With a background in public affairs and politics, Karen enjoys helping companies navigate the halls of Congress and the murky public policy process. She is a digital health mentor with MassBio’s MassConnect program. 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 was also 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 après 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!