Dr. Andrade is an Office of Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Karen is an interdisciplinary environmental health scientist with expertise in community-based participatory research and a robust track record of engaging diverse communities in science.
Her professional goal is to work collaboratively to build a society where science is rigorous, transformative, and just. She is particularly interested in analyzing the power dynamics of scientific knowledge production from her own positioning as a scientist who occupies multiple axes of minoritization.
While in graduate school Karen’s interest in exploring new paths to inspire support of, and engagement with, science led her to found and direct the UC Berkeley Science Shop. This student-led organization facilitated environmental research collaborations between students and San Francisco Bay Area communities.
Karen completed postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford and the University of California, Davis, where she led biomedical and environmental health research to benefit communities facing environmental injustice. Karen earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy & Management from the University of California, Berkeley.
She was most recently a Civic Science Fellow at the Science Philanthropy Alliance where she assisted private science funders, scientists and non-profits in their work at the interface of science, society and equity.