Karen Curley, MPA
Vice President, Development
Karen M. Curley, M.P.A., joined the Little Flower team in November 2019 as the Vice President of Development. She has dedicated her nearly 20-year career to improving the communities in which we all live and work by raising funds and awareness for many important causes affecting millions.
Karen’s career began in 2000 as a Development Associate with the United Way of Long Island. After two years, she was promoted to Senior Development Associate, responsible for managing $1M+ in workplace giving campaigns within school districts, government offices, financial institutions, and insurance companies and the United Way September 11th Fund.
Building on that impactful experience, Karen quickly established herself as a leader in the field and was recruited to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2004. There she established a new wine tasting event and executed a comedy night fundraiser, along with several other successful social events, in under a year.
After a heart disease-related death in her family she joined the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2005, turning her passion into action by increasing event revenue 61% in the first 6 months. By 2007 she doubled the revenue of her walk event to $500,000, achieved the markets first $100,000 fundraising team, and engaged more than 3,000 Long Islanders. Her success earned her another promotion, this time moving behind the scenes to coach and train regional fundraising staff. In this new role, she developed C-Suite managed walk events raising $10M in 8 states within the northeast. Her coaching and strategic planning helped to grow those campaigns to $14.5M. Karen was eventually promoted to the Senior Vice President of Development for New Jersey, Westchester, and Long Island. In that role grew the revenue by 32% in her first quarter of work and some of her innovative ideas are now used as a strategy for events across the country.
Karen graduated from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz. While there, she was President of the Delta Pi sorority, a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society, a residence hall representative, a peer crisis hotline counselor, and spent a summer as an Orientation Leader where she was recognized as the Leader of the Year. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration from C.W. Post – LIU. She also received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, the Stilva Scholarship for Academic Excellence, was inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society and was chosen as the Honorary Degree Recipient representing the entire M.P.A. class on stage at graduation.
At age 28, she was recognized by the Long Island Business News as a distinguished member of the “40 Under 40” class and she was part of the inaugural “40 under 40” class at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz.
Outside of work, Karen has organized community impact projects amongst her family, friends, and co-workers (food drives, military donations, cooking meals for the homeless, toy drives). Karen currently lives in Port Jefferson village with her husband, Joe, their two children Joseph and Jessica, and their dog, Vixen.