Karen Newell is the Director of External Affairs for Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is responsible for development, marketing, public relations, and event planning. She also produces the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud in Washington, DC and the BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award at the Kennedy Center. She has been with the Foundation since 1996.
Prior to joining Mid Atlantic, Newell was the Sponsorship and Promotions Coordinator for Arizona State University's Department of Public Events. She also served as the Press Agent for the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts (Morris Mechanic Theatre) and Pier Six Concert Pavilion in Baltimore, MD.
Newell has also been a Lecturer at Goucher College where she taught Arts Administration and has served as Vice Chair and Secretary of the Inner Arbor Trust in Columbia, Maryland. She holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Goucher College.