A longtime journalist, Kara joined Mental Health Colorado in 2018, bringing more than 11 years of print and television reporting experience to the team. As a former member of both the White House and Capitol Hill press corps, Kara got an inside look at the policymaking process and knows how important it is to engage the public when advocating for change. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia and a master’s from the London School of Economics, where her dissertation focused on the Algerian “exception” to the Arab Spring.

A native of northern Virginia, Kara has been an active member of the Denver community since moving to Colorado. She volunteers regularly at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, where she helps facilitate intensive three-day workshops on problem-solving skills and ways to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence. In that work, she’s been struck by how a combination of trauma, negative environmental factors and untreated behavioral conditions can so often result in mistakes that land people behind bars. She’s a firm believer in the principles of the Alternatives to Violence Project, specifically that there is good in everyone and that we are all teachers, just as we are all learners.

Kara’s passion for mental health stems from her own experiences with anxiety and depression and how they have impacted her life. In her role at Mental Health Colorado, she is committed to doing everything she can to help eradicate the stigma of mental health struggles so that more Coloradans who need treatment are empowered to seek it.

In her spare time, Kara enjoys hiking and attempting to ski, with varied levels of success. She lives with her two cats, Jimmy Stewart and Hunter.