Karen Shakman works for an educational nonprofit where she provides training and coaching to educational leaders and conducts research and evaluations. She is also a parent of two school-age boys who are budding community organizers in their own right. Karen is a transplanted Chicagoan who has been in Cambridge for the last 15+ years and considers Massachusetts her chosen home. For all of Karen’s professional life she has been involved in schools and community nonprofits, as a community worker, teacher, researcher, board member, and parent. Karen is eager to create opportunities where children are welcome and active, learning about issues with adults and engaging in productive activism side-by-side.