Karen has 32 years in Commercial Banking and Finance experience as both a Portfolio Manager and Lending Officer. After graduating from California State University with a BS in Public Administration, Karen spent several years as a senior auditor and collateral manager with Barclays Business Credit. Thereafter, she moved into commercial banking, working in various senior management positions for mid to large-sized institutions including City National Bank, California United Bank, US Bank and Pacific Western Bank and 1st Enterprise Bank. In June 2014, Karen joined First Bank as SVP, Commercial Lending Team Leader for the Bank’s San Fernando Valley Region located in Woodland Hills, California. Her responsibilities include overseeing a team of relationship managers and new client solicitations.
Karen is presently on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando/ Santa Clarita district and Camp 4 Kids, and also previously held board positions at Verdugo Mental Health and Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. Karen lives with her husband in Moorpark, California.