Karen Washam joined American Emerald Awards Foundation in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer at our Corporate office in Beverly Hills, CA. Karen brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial, marketing, management and accounting experience to AEAF’s vision. She assures that the operation and the growth of all our facilities throughout the nation are maintained with her “Dream Team LA” staff of 4. Karen has always had a passion for volunteering her time in assisting with creating lifestyles to reach their highest potential. Growing up with a close friend of the family with both physical and mental disabilities, Karen wanted to make a difference in the life’s of individuals with these challenges. Joining AEAF’s team has enabled Karen to now become a force and a voice to accomplishing this goal.