Staff, Board & Diversity

Karen Toering
Interim Program Director

Karen is a grassroots organizer, cultural worker and consultant for non-profit arts and social justice organizations. Her work includes base-building and collaboration on media justice and media policy initiatives through her work on the ground and on the boards of national media advocacy organizations including the Media and Democracy Coalition and the Alliance for Community Media in Washington, DC along with Reclaim the Media, in Seattle, WA. She also serves as Program Consultant for Seattle’s Langston Hughes African American Film Festival and is the founder of the Gary International Black Film Festival in her hometown of Gary, IN. Her professional background includes start up, management and development of community-based media centers in Indiana, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Washington. Karen is the proud mother of two amazing young activists, Hannah and Nicholas.