Karen Bane has 17 years of experience in environmental project management. Having served in environmental litigation, regulatory compliance consulting, and government funding roles, she appreciates the wisdom gained from fostering participation and collaboration with diverse stakeholders. Karen has a passion for strategically targeting applied research to areas of uncertainty for regulators, funders, and resource managers and facilitating the adoption and use of new information to support and advance policy and practice.
- Sole Proprietor – Karen Bane
- Facilitator – The Kolbe Company
- Associate – Center for Strategic Facilitation
- Deputy Program Manager; Project Manager – California Coastal Conservancy
- Project Manager – Tetra Tech
- Research Associate – Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund
Design and Facilitate Process for Group Work
Design and facilitate meetings, workshops, and conferences to help groups access and make sense of information, reach consensus, and plan and implement priority work. Preliminary work may include interviewing stakeholders to help project leads discern the key issues to be addressed.
Guide groups through a strategic planning process in a few days yielding a plan co-created by the participants with clear roles and responsibilities ready to commence implementation the very next day. No waiting for months for a document that will sit on a shelf.
Equip groups to deliver with collaboratively built action plans, articulating clear commitments, calendared milestones, and designated teams. Maintain momentum and commitment by facilitating team status sessions.
Coordinate mission focused programs with multiple chartered teams and tiered levels of decision making and accountability. Ensure interdependent work streams remain coordinated and aligned with strategic directions and annual commitments.
Manage multi-year projects through feasibility, engineering, permitting, and construction phases. Coordinate project ﬁnancing, consultant hiring, and implementation. Include stakeholder groups such as science advisors and community members for input and review when appropriate.
- Master’s Degree, Biophysics – University of California, Berkeley
- Bachelor’s Degree, Physics – Pennsylvania State University
- ToP Network
Professional Certification and Awards
- Mastering Technology of Participation (ToP)®
- The European Language Certiﬁcate B1 German
Partial Project List
- Strategic Operating Plan, Sun Light & Power
The 43-year solar company recently transitioned to 100% employee ownership. Ms. Bane designed and facilitated a multi-day, participatory process to tune-up its core vision, mission, and values and to set an ambitious strategic direction grounded in committed implementation. Results: The executive team, newly formed board, and employee-owners are enthusiastic about the company’s core purpose and values, aligned behind their 10-year Targets for Planet, People, and Profit, and committed to the co-created 3-year strategy with annual implementation plan. The 2020 Operating Plan and budget was fully informed by this work.
- Directors Retreat, Edgewood Center for Children and Families
Workshop focus was informed by interviews with the Directors. Designed and facilitated retreat based upon “image shift” theory, helping them to articulate the image of collaboration they wanted to achieve and identify the values and behaviors that would support that new way of working together. Results: The Directors set their vision and commitments for the next year, including specific ways to hold courageous conversations.
- Fundraising Action Plan, Board Retreat, Career Girls
The founders and board president were shifting the Board from an advisory to an implementer stance. A 1-year fundraising action plan became the vehicle for moving the board to being a cohesive team doing priority work to propel the program goals. Results: The Founder was thrilled with clearly articulated priorities and every Board-member was committed to lead an initiative aimed at a realistic funding level for agreed upon purposes.
- Strategic Plan, Process Technology Unit, Confidential Bio-pharmaceutical Company
Facilitated a 2-day strategic planning retreat for a process technology unit within a global bio-pharmaceutical company. Results: Strategic directions addressed underlying blocks to achieve a practical 5-year vision. Six months later team members were energized by their collective progress implementing milestones.
- Program Management, Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project
Managed day to day operations of the partnership of state and federal agencies, scientists, and nonproﬁts working to protect and restore resilient rivers and wetlands in coastal Southern California from Point Conception to the U.S. – Mexico border. This work included designing with the state and federal agency co-chairs the annual work ﬂow and agendas for monthly Wetland Managers Group meetings and biannual Directors Group meetings. In addition, the Science Advisory Panel’s research agenda was coordinated to inform the policy and funding decisions of member agencies and the design and management practices of project sponsors and wetland professionals.
- Program and Project Management, California State Coastal Conservancy
Stewarded state funding to advance resilient conservation in coastal watersheds. Nurtured regional collaborations with grantees, government agencies (local, state and federal), research scientists, consultants, non-profits, and residents. Southern California projects ranged from tidal wetland restoration programs such as Upper Newport Bay and Tijuana River National Estuary to invasive plant removal programs in river watersheds as well as public access to river corridors and the coastline.