Director of Events

Hi everyone, my name is Karen Longo, and I am an ALB Candidate with a concentration in Social Sciences at Harvard Extension School.  I recently obtained my project management certification as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) from the Project Management Institute.  Along with my love of project management, I am deeply passionate about helping young people that are facing challenges or obstacles in education to obtain the support they need to succeed in school and life.   My volunteer and community service experience includes serving as President of the St. Jerome School’s Home and School Association in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where we received the “Distinguished Home and School Association” award from the National Catholic Education Association (one of 12 in the nation) for our school’s social justice initiatives.  I was also a member of its School of Promise task force which oversaw the school’s participation in America’s Promise (now known as America’s Promise Alliance), the nation’s largest partnership of nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators and ordinary citizens dedicated to forming the conditions young people need to achieve adult success.  I initiated a Junior Achievement USA® program there and at two K-8 schools in Massachusetts, training and developing a group of volunteers to teach work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills to students in all grade levels.

Professionally, I am currently a Senior Paralegal and acting associate project manager at EMD Millipore Corporation (known as MilliporeSigma in the US and Canada), which is a division of Merck KGaA of Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company and the oldest pharmaceutical company in the world.  I enjoy collaborating with others across functions and geographies to implement new initiatives and am a self-motivated learner with a passion for staying on top of leading edge information and knowledge in my areas of interest which include psychology, sociology, law and technology.  I am also a proud native Bostonian and an avid New England Patriots fan!  

During my tenure as Acting Director of Events, I am eager to collaborate with my fellow board members and students to create exciting and welcoming events for all HES students where we can wind down, get to know each other better, and most importantly celebrate the hard work everyone is doing to accomplish their educational and professional goals. I am extremely excited to be a bigger part of the rich and diverse environment that is Harvard Extension School and look forward to meeting many of you at our upcoming events!  I can be reached at Karen.longo@hesa.dce.harvard.edu