Karen Callahan


Karen Callahan

Senior Consultant & Principal;
Leader, Schools Practice


Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Clarkson University, B.A.
University of Massachusetts, M.A.

Karen joined Marts & Lundy in 2012 as a senior consultant and principal. Before joining the firm, she served Brooks School in Massachusetts for 14 years as the Director of Advancement. During that time she was responsible for significant growth in all areas of development including: growth in the alumni and parent annual giving program from $700,000 per year to $2.5 million per year; leading the school through a $50 million comprehensive campaign for endowment and facilities as well as a subsequent $12 million two-year campaign for a new science facility; and the establishment of the Headmaster’s Parents Council program, which culminated in raising more than one million dollars each year. Prior to her work at Brooks, Karen was director of leadership gifts ($100,000+) at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, but notably served in lead roles in research and annual giving, bringing clients to a solid practitioner’s foundation.

Along with her experience in developing annual giving programs and managing campaign efforts, Karen brings experience in establishing development programs and cultivating and soliciting gifts from foreign constituents of U.S. schools, particularly those in Asia and Europe. With firm colleagues, and in partnership with TABS, she conducted a 2013 study in international giving, presenting the results in spring 2014.

Karen served as a trustee at two educational institutions in the Boston area, and is experienced in board development, governance and training.

  • Battle Ground Academy, TN
  • Cambridge School of Weston, MA
  • Canterbury School, CT
  • The Cushman School, FL
  • The Derryfield School, NH
  • The Gunnery, CT
  • The Hill School, PA
  • Kingswood Oxford School, CT
  • McDonogh School, MD
  • Miami Country Day School, FL
  • Milton Academy, MA
  • Nashoba Brooks School, MA
  • New Hampton School, NH
  • The Nueva School, CA
  • Northfield Mount Hermon School, MA
  • The Park School, MA
  • Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
  • Ravenscroft School, NC
  • Rye Country Day Scholl, NY
  • School Year Abroad, MA
  • St. John’s Prep, MA
  • St. Paul’s School, NH
  • St. Paul’s School for Girls, MD
  • St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, VA
  • Strawbery Banke Museum, NH
  • Tabor Academy, MA
  • Trinity-Pawling, NY
  • Ursinus College, PA

Karen enjoys travel, biking, reading, walking the beach, gardening, cooking and spending time with her grown kids who still think she’s “cool.”