Karen Kirkwood, of Apple Valley, has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of University Women, a nonprofit organization that promotes equity and economic security for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.
â€œWe are pleased and honored to have Karenâ€™s continued service on our Board,â€ says Kim Churches, AAUWâ€™s chief executive officer. â€œThis is an important moment in time when we need to develop an innovative approach to advancing gender equity, and she will help us be at the forefront of breaking down barriers and building new opportunities for all.â€
Kirkwood is a member of the AAUW St. Paul Branch and the AAUW St. Cloud Branch. She received her bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of Minnesota. She has served AAUW as a branch and state president and has held various board and committee positions. She is currently a cofundraiser for the St. Cloud Tech Savvy events.
Kirkwood was a member of the successful Charting the Course campaign. She has been employed as a special education teacher, a legal advocate for a battered womenâ€™s shelter, the owner of a home-based small business, the office manager for the Minnesota Education Association, and a mental health practitioner for toddlers with autism, according to a news release.