Program Coordinator, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Karen Harding-Davis is the Program Coordinator for the Institute and the lead staff member for the Big Bang! Business Competition. She is responsible for leading outreach and recruiting for prospective participants for all Institute programs.
Harding-Davis comes to the Institute from AspenPointe, where she served as the Director of Business Development for their social enterprise café. She was responsible for engaging community stakeholders and educating the general public about their café, catering services, and culinary training program for at-risk youth, veterans and people with disabilities. Before joining AspenPointe, Harding-Davis was the Director of Operations for the Women’s Resource Agency in Colorado Springs. She also served as Grants Manager for the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, where they granted millions of dollars to mainstream nonprofits areas of Arts and Culture, Children and Families and Social Justice. Most recently, she worked for UC Davis Extension and is pleased to return to the UC Community.
Harding-Davis earned her bachelor of science in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She also studied in Mexico for a year through their International Studies Program. Karen volunteers regularly in the community at Woodland Opera House and the Natomas Charter, Performing and Fine Arts Academy, where her daughter attends. As a part of her professional and personal journey, Karen just completed a “radical sabbatical,” a long planned trip around the world with her family.