Karen G. Foley
President & CEO
Karen G. Foley was appointed President and CEO of JPA in December 2014. Ms. Foley brings extensive corporate and child welfare experience to her leadership role at JPA. Previously, she served as President and CEO for The Hope Institute for Children and Families, serving children with autism and developmental delays across Illinois. While at The Hope Institute, Ms. Foley worked closely with the Board on governance and growth initiatives resulting in the creation of The Hope Family Centers to better serve parents as they navigated various systems of support for their children, including the introduction of a parent-to-parent mentoring program.
From 2004 to March 2013, Ms. Foley served as President of Chicago Scholars, a premier college to career program reaching hundreds of high potential students from low income communities annually. She transformed the organization from providing small one time scholarships to a comprehensive multi-year college-to career program for high potential, underserved populations. Prior to that, she was an Executive Vice President and head of global marketing at CNA Insurance Companies. Karen earned a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and her undergraduate degree from Hamilton (Kirkland) College.