Karen Lambert is a Senior Advisor for Development. From 2004 to 2012, Karen was a Restorative Justice Specialist at Alternatives, Inc., a community-based social service agency. In that capacity, she worked with administration, communities, and students at 43 Chicago Public School high schools to develop and implement school-based restorative justice practices. During the latter years at Alternatives, Inc. Karen focused on writing and implementing an experiential conflict management program for students in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Chicago’s west and south side neighborhoods with collaborative non-profit community partnerships.
Karen is a nationally certified Trainer in Restorative Justice, having been certified by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
She is certified as a mediator by the Harvard Law School Mediation Program and the Chicago Center for Conflict Resolution and taught Mediation and Restorative Practices as an adjunct professor at Governor’s State University in 2009.
Karen earned her BA from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and studied at the Miami University Dolibois European Campus in Luxembourg and subsequently lived in Montpellier, France. Karen received her Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations with a concentration in intercultural conflict management at Lesley University and simultaneously completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Mediation Program. Prior to her graduate work, Karen worked in the fields of marketing and organizational development.