Kara leads strategic partnerships for Invest Ottawa & Bayview Yards, the economic development agency, innovation hub, and technology accelerator in Canada’s capital. She directs partnership strategy, development, and activation, collaborating with leaders from the private and public sectors and academia to empower Ottawa startups and SMEs to scale globally, partner with multinational corporations, and create high value jobs. She also leads the sponsorship and corporate innovation strategies for Area X.0, a state-of-the-art facility for mobility, autonomy, and connected technologies including autonomous vehicles and drones and smart agriculture.
She is the Curator of the Ottawa Hub of the Global Shapers Community. Within the Ottawa Hub, she co-leads the Discovery Crew project, an initiative that connects young people with intellectual disabilities and other young professionals to form friendships and collaboratively develop solutions that enable all people to participate as active citizens. She spoke on Creating Inclusive Communities at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2019 with Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, United Arab Emirates. She trained as a Climate Reality Leader in Atlanta, GA in 2019.
Director, National Policy, American Chamber of Commerce in Canada; Co-Lead, Women and Color Speaker Bootcamp for underrepresented groups in tech; Mentor, Connect-a-Kid Adoptee Mentorship Program; Board Member, Cornerstone Housing for Women; Founder and Chair, Cornerstone Housing for Women Young Professionals Board serving women experiencing homelessness. Master of Public Administration, American University; BA in International Affairs, George Washington University.
Named one of Ottawa's Forty Under 40 by the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal in 2019, recognizing accomplished and rising business leaders under the age of 40 in the national capital region.