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Karen Eller

Karen Eller is an Associate Director of Philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy. Karen first joined the Conservancy’s Texas Chapter after graduating from Trinity University with a BA in English and minors in Geology and Environmental Studies. In 2002, she opened a new philanthropy office in Austin where she built the Conservancy’s first major gift program in the Austin market. In 2004, Karen was recruited to join the major gift fundraising team based in San Francisco, California. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys connecting Nature Conservancy supporters in Silicon Valley to projects that inspire their passion for global conservation. Karen’s personal passion is developing the market for green burial in America. She serves as both a volunteer and consultant for the Green Burial Council, which, among other things, is trying to set industry standards for green and conservation burial in America. Ms. Eller has a passion working with environmental non-profits helping them enhance and expand their fundraising capacity, including development of strategic fundraising plans, conducting donor strategy meetings, facilitating role-play for major gift solicitations, organizing fundraising events, and maximizing board potential.