Karen Strong

ERN (2017)

Biodiversity Program Coordinator

Cornell University

Albany, New York

Personal pronouns: She, her, hers

Karen Strong is a conservation professional who is deeply committed to science-based decision-making and evaluation, yet believes that conservation will have limited success unless social and cultural concerns are considered. In 2018, she founded Strong Outcomes LLC, a consulting company that helps environmental organizations reach their goals by focusing on outcomes.  Prior to that, Karen worked for the Hudson River Estuary Conservation and Land Use Program for 16 years. There, she established an outreach program to help Hudson Valley municipalities conserve natural resources. After implementing the program for 11 years, she led the program, gaining experience on program planning, project management, stakeholder involvement, and financial administration. During her career, Karen built capacity to conserve natural resources in dozens of communities, collaborated with the region’s many land trusts, and authored a book on natural resource-based land use planning in New York. 

Karen has a BS in Biology and MS Biodiversity Conservation and Policy from the University at Albany and Certificate in Change Leadership from Cornell University. She is also an active community volunteer, serving on several non-profit boards, and is currently President of the Albany Public Library Board of Trustees. Karen is a lifelong resident of NY’s Hudson Valley and currently lives in Albany, NY with her husband and two children.