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Commander (Ret) Karen Fine Brasch is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and served for over 20 years as a Naval Aviator flying Search and Rescue, Combat Search and Rescue Training and Anti-Submarine warfare missions. She completed two tours/deployments in support of Operation Southern Watch aboard the USS Nimitz. Following her deployments, she instructed U.S. Navy and Marine Corps students in flight training and held senior leadership positions in her reserve units.
She is an expert at building coalitions and leading teams through ambiguity, as well as creating cultures that inspire innovation. Karen is currently a Senior Manager for Strategic Programs in Amazon’s AWS division.
After leading cybersecurity programs at Qualcomm Inc. for nine years, she joined Intuit, Inc. as a Principal, and was the DE&I global leader for the Intuit Military and Veteran Initiatives where her team focused on creating jobs and financial empowerment for veterans and military families. She has additional operational executive leadership experience with B2B SaaS start-ups.
Over the years, she has been actively involved in her community through volunteer efforts for numerous organizations. She hails from a long line of military veterans and is passionate about honoring veterans and helping them transition from military service to civilian careers. She currently serves as a veteran liaison and associate producer for the Red Door Films documentary about the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII.
Previously, Brasch co-founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit to support gluten-free education for people afflicted with celiac disease, and served for four years as a committee member, co-chair and chair for the Scripps Health Foundation cancer research and fund-raising gala events.
She holds an MBA from Webster University, a Bachelor of Arts from Texas State University, and lives in Southern California with her husband, three boys and lab named Huey.