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Karen Kerr

Executive Managing Director

Karen is Executive Managing Director. Based in Chicago IL, she joined the business 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 comes to GE with 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 PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a 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.