Karen Paterson


Karen Paterson is the founder of Stone Steps Foundation, a philanthropy organization focused on advancing economic and social justice through bold and sustainable solutions to contributing factors of poverty. She partners with frontline innovators to support at scale change to address challenges relating to poverty. Prior to establishing Stone Steps, Karen was a founding director of Moxie Foundation in San Diego, California where she led impact-driven initiatives in global development and social entrepreneurship for nine years. Karen’s involvement in numerous foundations has created extensive cross-sector leadership experience. Karen served as co-founder and CEO of the Sutherland Agency as a global advertising firm, a senior marketing executive for two large department store chains and managing partner of a commercial real estate company in San Diego. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Antioch College.

Karen is on the board of directors of Acumen and recently served on the boards of Street Business School and Global Communities.