Karren Lane is program director for the Leading Power for Change portfolio. She comes to Cal Wellness from the Weingart Foundation, where she held the role of program director. In her time with the Weingart Foundation, she co-designed and launched their $4.25 million, multi-year Youth Organizing Capacity Building Initiative. She also led the foundation’s grantmaking strategies in South Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles, while working to increase investments in youth organizing, leaders of color and economic inclusion in Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Prior to her role at the Weingart Foundation, Lane was the vice president of policy at the Community Coalition in South LA where she specialized in developing policies and strategies to improve education, child welfare and criminal justice reform. She received her BA from UCLA, a master’s degree from Columbia University and a law degree from the Southwestern University School of Law.