Karen Kerr

Board Member

Karen is Executive Managing Director at GE Ventures. Based in Chicago IL, she joined GE in 2014. Karen led a team that invested in energy and mobility, manufacturing and supply chain technology and solutions that drove efficiency and productivity at GE.

Karen has over two decades of experience building technology-based companies as an investor, instigator, and advisor to intrepid entrepreneurs. She was previously a Managing Director at ARCH Venture Partners and started her career as a Sr. Associate and Kauffman Fellow at Patricof & Co. Karen helped to launch numerous startups as Senior Director of New Ventures and Alliances at the University of Southern California and developed an expertise in intellectual property while a Director at Intellectual Ventures.

Karen earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago and an AB in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College.

She is a member of the Charter Class Kauffman Fellows and is active on multiple boards including the Kauffman Fellows board, NSF SBIR/STTR AdComm, mHub board, University of Chicago Physical Sciences Division and Institute of Molecular Engineering Visiting Committees, and the Bryn Mawr College Board of Trustees Investment Sub-committee. She is also a board observer of Catalant, Sight Machine, and NYSHEX.

Karen has been recognized as a CVC Rising Star, one of LA’s Top Innovators, Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40, and C200 Women Business Leaders.