Karen Paterson


Karen Paterson is a Director of Stone Steps Foundation, a San Diego-based philanthropy dedicated to advancing social and economic justice through innovative and scalable solutions to the problems of poverty. Prior to Stone Steps, Karen was a founding director of Moxie Foundation, where she led the organization’s initiatives in social entrepreneurship and sustainable development for nine years. Before focusing exclusively on philanthropy, she had a long career as a senior marketing executive – working in niche ad agencies and large department store companies before co-founding The Sutherland Agency, a global ad agency with offices in the US and UK.

Karen is a board member of Acumen and previously served on the boards of Street Business School and Project Concern International (PCI). She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Antioch College.