Senior Advisor, National Collaborations
Dedicated to creating a more equitable and inclusive community, Karleen Porcena is an authentic leader who is driven to continuous economic improvement. With over 10 years of comprehensive community development experience, Karleen aims to create innovative strategies and partnerships to move the dial on the racial wealth gap.
As the daughter of Haitian immigrants, Karleen uses her unique lived experience coupled with professional skills to build comprehensive solutions to economic disparities. In addition to consulting, Karleen is the Senior Economic Development Program Officer at Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC). Previously, she served as Vice President, Relationship Manager (My Banker), Senior Program Officer for Economic Opportunity at the LISC, and Massachusetts Kiva Advisor.
Karleen is passionate about building bridges between people, communities, and networks with intentions to have an equal playing field for all. She brings to her work a wide variety of relationships with community organizations, business and resident leaders, elected officials, as well as faith-based institutions. She is a strong communicator and has a unique ability to tell stories that resonate.
Outside of the office Karleen is involved in a number of non-profit boards including Madison Park Community Development, Board of Trustees at The Food Project, Advisory board member for the Mattapan Boys and Girls Club and many others. Karleen received her MBA at Babson College in Wellesley, Ma and holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Politics and Spanish from Clark University in Worcester, MA. When she isn’t working, you can find Karleen playing volleyball, traveling or getting comments on her amateur chef pages on social media.