Karen Duarte

Vice President, Conferences and Special Events

Karen Duarte is Vice President of Conferences and Special Events for the HSUS.

Karen Duarte, headshot

Karen Duarte joined the Humane Society of the United States in 2004 to direct major gifts fundraising for New York and the northeast. In 2009, she spearheaded the organization’s first-ever national fundraising gala. Under Duarte’s leadership, the To the Rescue! gala is now a signature event for the HSUS, taking place in both NYC and Los Angeles annually and generating millions of dollars in revenue for the HSUS and HSI.

Duarte also oversees the execution of two signature conferences: Animal Care Expo, the nation’s largest educational conference in the animal welfare field, and Taking Action for Animals, a grassroots advocacy conference. Together these conferences inform and inspire thousands of shelter professionals and animal advocates from across the country.

Along with galas and conferences, Duarte’s team also leads the organization’s next generation philanthropy program, Humane Generation, cultivating long-term engagement with young, influential leaders on both coasts, and Humane Journeys, an experienced-based donor travel program designed to bring supporters closer to the work through behind-the-scenes opportunities.

With more than 30 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations, Duarte has held various positions at the American Heart Association including Executive Director, Director of Major Gifts and Director of Corporate Giving, and also worked for United Way and United Cerebral Palsy.

Karen graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in Political Science.