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Carolyn Karo
Director, Strategic Initiatives, California Center
California, Public Policy

ckaro@milkeninstitute.org

Carolyn Karo is a director for policy at the Milken Institute California Center. She focuses on issues that affect California’s economy, businesses, and jobs. Karo’s research areas include community development, small businesses, education, workforce development, and public pension management and governance. An experienced manager and strategist, Karo specializes in synthesizing and translating complex and technical information for broader audiences, using these skills to maximize the impact and reach of the Center’s research. Previously, she held positions in public affairs and strategic communications at Finsbury and Ichor Strategies. Earlier, she served as director of policy for the New York City Comptroller’s Office, addressing economic development, pension reform, and education. Karo started her career in community development at Citi, where she served on the Community Reinvestment Act team, working with Citi’s retail, credit card, and investment banks to satisfy their regulatory obligations. She holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and a master’s degree in public policy from the George Washington University.   

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