Karen Johns
Founder and President, The Johns Group


Karen is the Founder and President of The Johns Group, a consultancy specializing in nonprofit management and business development in the US and the Caribbean. The Johns Group provides an array of services including board development, strategic planning, diaspora philanthropy and fund development to help institutions build more effective organizations. Past clients of the Johns Group include: The Gates Foundation, University College of the Caribbean, The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, Junior Achievement Caribbean and Equality for All (Jamaica). She also serves as Philanthropy Advisor for Groundswell SPC, a fintech startup, which provides co-branded visa debit cards to nonprofits and share the revenue from the transaction fees with them. Karen is a seasoned professional in the educational and nonprofit arena, with expertise in college admissions, foundation relations, corporate relations and engaging diverse communities in philanthropy. Over the years, Karen has raised over $25 million dollars in funds for the organizations in which she served. Karen resides in Atlanta, Georgia and maintains a home in Portland, Jamaica.