Karen Holst (2014-15) came to FUSE in 2014 after co-founding two education-focused companies. In 2000, Karen co-founded an internet company, MyEdu, which was acquired by Blackboard Inc. in 2014. Karen drove the company’s growth to serve millions of college students at 1,200 campuses across the U.S. She has led strategic partnerships, operating large-scale data organizations, marketing, communications, and new business development within multiple verticals in the public and private sectors. After her fellowship Karen joined IDEO as a Product Manager and Director of Platform and Operations for the launch of IDEO U, IDEO’s online school that teaches design thinking and collaboration for global leaders.
Karen received her BS degree in Corporate Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.