director of operations
Karen Ersted has 15 years of experience in K-12 working for Palo Alto Unified School District. As Credentials Analyst, Karen was responsible for the hiring process of certificated staff and interfacing with county and state credentialing agencies to ensure appropriate credentials and assignments for over 900 teachers and administrators. Her last position at PAUSD was managing the daily operations of the Title IX and Civil Rights Office and working with Megan Farrell. Karen has certifications in Title IX investigations.
Prior to pivoting to education, Karen had a 15-year banking career with Union Bank as a commercial and asset-based lender, credit administrator, credit trainer and consultant. Karen received her MBA in Finance from UCLA Anderson School of Management and her BA in Politics from Brandeis University.