Karen Hartenstein

Program Manager


Karen joined the Foundation in 2001, and currently serves as a member of the Community Funds Team. Prior to taking on this new role, she worked as the operations manager for the Early Childhood Investment Unit. Karen has also worked as the operations manager for the Hartford Area Child Care Collaborative, which was a former project of the Foundation.

What do you enjoy most about Greater Hartford?
I was born and raised in Greater Hartford, and love the overall diversity of the area. There is something for everyone, from the busyness and culture of the city to the quiet and beauty of the countryside – all within easy reach.

What quote best represents your personal philosophy?
“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” –Dr. Seuss

Are you involved in any volunteer activities?

Over the years I have volunteered in many capacities for my church, the Girl Scouts and local youth organizations. I have also served on several early childhood boards, including Hartford Association for the Education of Young Children and Goodwin College’s Early Childhood Advisory Board.