Park City Community Foundation Announces Karen Conway as New Board Chair

Four New Members Are Also Added to the Powerful Community Foundation Board of Directors

Park City, Utah (January 26, 2023) – Park City Community Foundation is excited to announce that Karen Conway will serve as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. Karen brings a wealth of philanthropic and leadership experience to the position and has had a wide range of volunteer and board involvement with a focus on fundraising and nonprofit governance. Karen has been a Community Foundation Board Member since 2019 and succeeds Kristi Cumming, who served as Board Chair from 2019 through 2022.

In addition to Karen’s leadership, the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors is adding four new members – Eyee Hsu, Beth Plavan, Courtney Rae, and Deirdra Walsh. All four are extremely accomplished contributors to the community.

“I couldn’t think of a more qualified candidate to lead our Board of Directors,” commented Kristi Cumming, former Board Chair of Park City Community Foundation. “Karen’s experience in the philanthropic sector is robust, and her love for our community is profound. We’ve worked together in partnership on Park City Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, as well as the Governance and Development Committees. I’m confident in her ability to support this organization’s mission and move our community forward.”

Karen graduated from Brown University and received her Juris Doctor (JD) from NYU School of Law. Throughout her career, she served as an intellectual property and antitrust lawyer in New York and London, working primarily with the software industry.

Upon retiring from the practice of law, Karen dove into philanthropic pursuits. She is a longtime board member of the global nonprofit Right To Play, where she chairs the Development Committee of the International Board of Directors. She has served on the Right To Play US and UK boards, and was also the organization’s interim Global Vice President of Philanthropy and Interim UK National Director. Karen is also a board member of Philanthropy Tank, a national nonprofit that empowers the next generation of changemakers by helping them identify, address, and improve social issues in their own communities. She has held several leadership roles at Brown University, including serving on the Board of Governors of the Alumni Association, Women’s Leadership Council, Annual Fund Leadership Council, and as Global Chair of the Alumni Interviewing Program, in addition to participating on several campaign and reunion committees. In 2017, Karen received the university’s Alumni Service Award.

Karen, her husband, Greg, and two children moved to Park City part-time in 2004 and became full-time residents in 2017 upon returning to the US after spending nearly 24 years in London. She was introduced to Park City Community Foundation via its Women’s Giving Fund, and soon got involved as a member of its Solomon Fund Advisory Committee. She has also served as Vice-Chair of the Board and Co-Chair of the Development Committee, as well as on the Governance Committee.

“Park City Community Foundation’s ability to work in partnership with private businesses, local government, nonprofits, community leaders, and donors is indispensable,” Conway shared. “We’re at a point in the life cycle of this town where real challenges must be addressed in order to secure a positive future for our community, from affordable housing and accessible childcare to climate and social equity. I truly believe Park City Community Foundation is in the best position to help the community meet these needs, and I’m excited to work with Joel Zarrow, our CEO and President, and the rest of the team to grow our impact and bring more funds to the community.”

See the full list of Park City Community Foundation’s Board of Directors >>

About Park City Community Foundation – The Community Foundation plays a vital role in solving the biggest challenges in greater Park City. It cares for and invests in our people, place, and culture by bringing together local nonprofits, donors, and community leaders to contribute financial resources and innovative ideas to benefit all the people of Park City—now and in the future. As the home of Live PC Give PC, Women’s Giving Fund, Solomon Fund, and other important initiatives, the Community Foundation has generated more than $49.5 million in total impact to the greater Park City community and Summit County since its inception in 2007. Learn more about donating, volunteering, fundraising, and getting involved at

Media Contact: Christine Coleman, Park City Community Foundation,, 415-209-8506.

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