Karen Marben

Executive Director

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Karen assumed the Executive Director role to continue the work that founding Twin Cities Executive Director Jeff Tollefson began in 2008. Karen has blended her passion for business and education for nearly 30 years and believes that we can change lives of students and their families by providing more relevant education to enhance engagement and a desire for lifelong learning. Karen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1986, and her career started as a high school teacher in North Branch, Minnesota. She then worked in marketing and sales roles at Jostens (1992-1996) and Lifetouch (1996-2008) serving the K-12 and college markets, and from 2008-2015, Karen worked at Pearson where she led the company’s strategic development and sales initiatives for Career & Technical Education (CTE).