Karrie Miner - Baumhart Scholar
Karrie serves as the Director of Leadership Giving at Mikva Challenge, a non-profit dedicated to developing youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society. In this role, Karrie is responsible for building a community of individual donors and raising funds to help scale the organization’s reach and impact.
Prior to this role, Karrie worked for eight years in the international non-profit space in Chicago. Most recently as Assistant Director of Major Gifts at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a non-profit and membership organization dedicated to providing timely and non-partisan information on global affairs and why it matters to the public. She is passionate about increasing access to economic opportunities for refugees and immigrants. She did this while working at Upwardly Global, a non-profit dedicated to helping skilled immigrants and refugees find professional work in the U.S. In this capacity, she connected new Americans to volunteers, ran four junior boards and successfully executed fundraising events nationally. Prior to that she worked as an International Credential Evaluator at Educational Perspectives, helping new Americans show the value of their international degrees.
In addition to her everyday work, Karrie is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Chicago chapter of Changemaker Chats, a non-profit that brings female speakers for off-the-record style conversations with an audience of women, about their personal and professional journeys. Karrie also serves on the Advisory Committee of the professional development group Ignite Connected, which is building a cohort of mindful and compassionate leaders from all sectors, and she is also a part-time bookseller at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the George Washington University in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies.