Karuna brings over 15 years of experience in evaluation and applied research, working both domestically and internationally and across various settings – nonprofits, international development agencies, academia, and non-profit consulting. Her career has been dedicated to ensuring a balance between rigor and feasibility of implementation, using context-and-culturally responsive evaluation practices, and promoting stakeholder collaboration. Before joining the Foundation, Karuna was a Project Director at John Snow Inc., providing evaluation and strategy consultation and technical assistance to local/state/federal agencies and their grantees, health plans, and philanthropy in the areas of health care delivery transformation, women’s health, maternal and child health, violence/trauma prevention, and systemic and social determinants of health and wellbeing.
Karuna began her career in academia where she trained and applied various social science methods including community-based participatory research in some of India’s most marginalized communities to support the democratization of development and elevation of community voices. Throughout her career, Karuna has sought out ways to support communities in ‘owning’ and employing data for program refinement, sustainability, and to maximize and communicate impact. Karuna holds a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health and a Fogarty International post-doc from the University of California, San Francisco’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Health & Empowerment.
In her spare time, Karuna can be found learning about the journey and history of spices and experimenting with them; and exploring the world through the eyes of her two children. Karuna has always been passionate about promoting gender equity, and serves on the Board of Directors of CORA, the sole agency in San Mateo County dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals and families impacted by domestic violence.
OPENING KEYNOTE: LaTosha Brown
Courage in Practice
Tuesday, May 4 | 12-1:15 pm ET
At the intersection of social justice, political empowerment, human development, and the cultural arts, one will find LaTosha Brown. As a catalyst for change, thought leader, and social strategist, her national and global efforts have organized, inspired and catapulted people into action, enabling them to build power and wealth for themselves and their community.
Your PEAK20201 registration fee covers all programming and materials, along with access to the recordings until August 13, 2021.
Who should attend PEAK2021?
Our audience is expanding each year. Currently, it consists of professionals at all types and sizes of funding institutions working in grants management, IT, programs, operations, evaluation and learning, and executive-level roles. Speaking generally, these professionals are multidisciplinary in background and play a part in stewarding the grantmaking process within funding institutions.
What is PEAK’s virtual meeting code of conduct?
Are scholarships available?
Yes! We recognize that not everyone can afford to attend professional development opportunities. Scholarships as a way that we try to eliminate that barrier for those that would like to attend our annual conference. Scholarships cover all registration fees for an individual.
Eligibility: Scholarships are open to any individual working for a grantmaking institution or philanthropy support organization. You must be a U.S. citizen and member of PEAK Grantmaking.
Deadlines: Scholarship applications are due by April 10, and accepted applicants will be notified by April 15.
Thank you to Ascendium Education Group and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust for making these scholarships possible.
What is your cancellation/substitution policy?
Requests for conference registration cancellation and fee refunds must be received by Friday, April 9, 2021 and are subject to a $50 non-refundable administrative fee. No refunds will be granted for requests received on or after April 10, 2021.
Participants may avoid the $50 cancellation fee by transferring their registration to a colleague or peer with the same membership level or by electing to apply their conference fee to a future paid event within the same calendar year. Any balance not applied to an event by December 31, 2021 is forfeited.
Requests for cancellations and substitutions must be submitted in writing to [email protected].
When will the conference app be available?
The conference app and website will go live on April 26. At that time, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the platform on your desktop computer or via mobile; add sessions to your schedule; and start to connect with vendors, speakers, and others attending the conference.
Will I receive copies of session presentation materials?
All available session materials will be available in the conference app.
What is the photo/video/media policy for the event?
During PEAK2021, we will be photographing and recording various aspects of our programs, and your image, voice, and chats might be captured. In addition, we capture evaluation data for programming design and testimonial purposes. Through event registration, attendees accept the terms of our release:
By participating in this?conference, you authorize PEAK Grantmaking to use and reproduce any photographs, videos, chats, and audio recordings?taken, for promotion or distribution. PEAK Grantmaking recognizes that people have varying levels of comfort being recorded. Since PEAK2021 is virtual, there are straightforward ways to ensure your voice or likeness will not be recorded. For more information, please?contact?[email protected].??
Are there sponsorship opportunities?
We welcome your interest in to supporting PEAK2021 Online. In addition, we are offering a range of options to support and engage with our community in celebration of our 25th Anniversary Year. The deadline to select sponsorship options for summer events is May 15, and for fall events by July 15.
Though the initial commitment deadline has passed, we are still welcoming additional sponsors and exhibitors to be part of our conference. Please email Clare Larson at [email protected] as soon as possible to secure your spot. The final deadline to commit for conference sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities is March 31.
Thank you to the PEAK2021 Online Conference Committee for your leadership!
Candy Champion, Co-Chair
Director of Grants
Sue Fulton, Co-Chair
Chief Financial Officer
Endowment for Health New Hampshire
Shonda Barnett, Co-Chair
Senior Manager, Grants
Texas Women’s Foundation
Grants and Administrative Manager
George Family Foundation
Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Grantmaking Resource Center, National Endowment for Democracy
Chindaly Chounlamountry Griffith
Grants Manager, Mott Philanthropic
Community Investment Manager
Methodist Healthcare Ministries
Housing Opportunities Program Associate
Meyer Memorial Trust
Grantmaking Industry Advisor
Kyrstin Thorson Rogers
Jane Van Ingen
Research to Prevent Blindness
Grants Management Associate
William Davidson Foundation