Karen began her journey with Orlando North, Seminole County in 2019. After graduating from FSU’s Dedman College of Hospitality in 2012, she spent 4 years living in Central America where she worked alongside hotels, short-term rentals, and tourism- focused attractions as a brand marketing strategist and digital brand designer. Following her return to the U.S. in 2017, she helped jumpstart a marketing agency, which she co-led out of Downtown Orlando.