Karen Plafker
Program Director
Wellspring Advisors
New York
United States
646 214 7749

Karen has worked on international social justice and human rights issues for over 15 years. In 2004, she joined Wellspring Advisors where she manages the Women’s Rights and Reproductive Rights Programs. Before that, she was Deputy Director of the Public Health Program at the Open Society Institute, which worked to advance the health of vulnerable populations in Central/Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. From 1997-1909, she started up and managed a South-South training and technical assistance program in sexual and reproductive health and rights at Profamilia, the leading reproductive health NGO in Colombia. She has done research and writing in a range of inter-governmental, non-governmental, and academic environments, including the International Organization for Migration, the Harvard School of Public Health, the World Health Organization, and the UN Development Program. Karen received her BA from Dartmouth College, an MA in International Relations from Yale University, and an MSc from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Wellspring Advisors coordinates grantmaking programs that advance the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people.