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 LGBTQ Center, the director of programs (COO) and later the executive director (CEO) at Chinatown Service Center, the president and CEO of Blackwolf, LLC Consulting, and the executive director at the Schutrum-Piteo Foundation, Grace Center, and the Blackwolf Gallery. Notably, she is the first non-Asian to be a COO and then CEO of an Asian non-profit in the United States and the world. Additionally, she was a program officer, senior program officer, and manager of the Department of Grants Management for First 5LA. 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, a member director on 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. Ms. Granado was instrumental in the creation of the first urban Native American cooperative to combat child abuse and improve traditional based parenting skills in Los Angeles County. 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, Long Beach and certification in nonprofit management from the University of Southern California.