Karen Pittman

Institute Fellow

Karen Pittman is the co-founder and former president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, which provides leadership and on-the-ground action to prepare students for success. She worked with the Urban Institute, the Children’s Defense Fund, and Academy for Educational Development, before serving as director of the President's Crime Prevention Council during the Clinton administration. She also worked with Gen. Colin Powell to create America’s Promise before launching the Forum for Youth Investment in 1998. She is an author of three books and many articles on youth issues and serves on several boards and panels focused on education and youth development.

Pittman will advise projects in AIR’s Human Services Division, focused on work around youth, family and community development, and also will provide insights and expertise to the AIR Equity Initiative.