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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

MUSEUM WELCOMES BOARD MEMBER KAREN WHITAKER



Karen Whitaker - New Board Director - The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

The Board of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley is pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Karen Whitaker as a Director. Karen has worked with our Museum since its incorporation in 2005, preparing four successful grant applications. She has served the Museum as a community member of our Infrastructure Committee.

Karen was born and raised in Kentucky. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she majored in journalism. After college, she worked as an investigating reporter in her home state. Karen moved to California to work for the Thousand Oaks Chronicle, until the newspaper ceased publication.

Leaving journalism, Karen became a copywriter for the Murphy Organization, an advertising company in Oxnard, California. Later she became an account executive for a marketing company in Woodland Hills, where she specialized in automotive and college marketing.

Karen created her own marketing business specializing in educational projects, and later committed to public service, she co-founded Anchor Education Foundation specializing in public outreach programs for non-profit organizations. She co-authored, for the City of Los Angeles, two important publications: Discovering My Los Angeles (a children's guide to the history and culture of our city,) and Art-Ventures, a cultural guide for youth, parents and teachers.

Early this year, Karen accepted a position with the Center for Civic Education in Calabasas, where she specializes in public communication. The mission of the Center, funded by the United States Congress, is to promote an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the US and other countries.

(Learn more about the Center for Civic Education by visiting: http://www.civiced.org/
Karen resides in Agoura Hills.

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