Title: Social Work Administrator (Retired)
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
Karen Elizabeth Granado, Retired Social Work Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nonprofit administration.
Coming from a family of teachers and social workers, Ms. Granado felt it was only natural to follow in their footsteps. Her first position in the field was psychotherapy intern for Hosanna Ministries, followed by children’s social worker for the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles and director of social work for the International Foster Family Agency. As her abilities in capacity-building and nonprofit management grew, Ms. Granado became known for her professional excellence and advanced rapidly. She served as the director of youth services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the director of programs at the Chinatown Service Center, the president and CEO of Blackwolf, LLC Consulting, and the executive director at the Schutrum-Piteo Foundation, the Grace Center, and the Blackwolf Gallery. Additionally, she was the program officer, senior program officer, and manager of the Department of Grant Management & Legal Compliance for First 5, and the manager of the Department of Grant Management & Legal Compliance for SPO Boot Start. She retired in 2013.
When Ms. Granado wasn’t working, she was using her knowledge to help her community. She was the executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Trauma Intervention, the director of the Consortium for Homeless Youth Services, and a member of the board of directors of Art to Grow On, the Coalition against Slave Trafficking, the Coalition for Community Health, the Schutrum-Piteo Foundation, and Tres Manos. To this day, Ms. Granado remains a board member of Singing Out. Her professional designations include a Master of Science in counseling psychology from Mount St. Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from California State University, and certification in nonprofit management from the University of Southern California.