Executive Director of Zero Foodprint and its parent organization, The Perennial Farming Initiative, whose work promotes food-related solutions and seeks to build a renewable food system rooted in healthy soil. Zero Foodprint/PFI has recently partnered with the State of California on a program called Restore California, which directs funding from Zero Foodprint restaurants directly into soil-building agricultural practices, such as compost application.

Partner, Mission Chinese Food, 2010-present.

Three locations:

  • 2234 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

  • 171 E. Broadway, New York, NY

  • 599 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, NY


Since 2008, Karen has been a partner in businesses that have collectively raised enough to provide more than a million meals through the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

Past Projects

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Managing Partner, The Perennial Restaurant, 2016-2019.

Bon Appétit and GQ: Best New Restaurants in America; Food and Wine: Best Bars in America, Most Sustainable Restaurant in the World.

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Partner, Commonwealth Restaurant, 2010-2019

One Michelin Star. Sales from each tasting menu donated to local charities.