Karen Suarez is the Assistant Vice President, Community Relations Consultant, focused on Community Development, in the areas of Affordable Housing, Small Business Development, Workforce Development and Financial Education. Serving San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, Karen brings energy and experience in government relations, community development, philanthropy, and nonprofit management to the Wells Fargo Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations team.
For over a decade, Karen has worked in a number of fields including as a Congressional Representative for the 43rd Congressional District supporting constituents in areas relating to higher education and financial aid, housing, health, and women. In 2011, she worked for the American Heart Association, Inland Empire Division, managing the Go Red for Women
Movement. In 2015 Karen became the Executive Director for The Dominguez Dream in Memory of H. Frank Dominguez, building infrastructure, and growing the impact in funding Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math in underserved elementary schools throughout the state.
Karen Suarez is a first generation college graduate with a dual bachelors degree in Psychology and Human Development from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. She currently serves as a board member of the CSUSB Philanthropic Board, The Microenterprise Collaborative, and Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services.
Karen lives in San Bernardino with her husband and 2 beautiful daughters. Karen enjoys reading, traveling, and volunteering in her community. Karen hopes to use her knowledge, skills and abilities in promoting education and community development, and empowering the next generation to serve their communities.
Sandra Magaña Cuellar