Karen Golden, a native of Evanston, Ill., holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bradley University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
As a Social Worker, Karen has extensive experience working with military families in a variety of key positions. Most recently, she served as deputy director of Government Relations for the Military Officers Association of America in Alexandria, VA where she ardently advocated for military families through state and federal legislation and has lobbied for a variety of issues, including military spouse employment, military children’s education, military family quality of life, and the challenges family members face. She has addressed numerous audiences, from the White House to Capitol Hill, elevating the voice of the military family and the veteran community.
Currently, she is the director of the Military Services Program at Cornerstone Family Programs in Morristown, NJ where she leads a leads a multi-disciplinary team of outreach and counseling staff that provide direct services to military members, veterans and their families. Signature programs include a confidential counseling program for combat veterans and their families and a female veterans program (Operation Sisterhood). Karen is a sought after consultant for her expertise on military family quality of life issues.
Karen has been an active volunteer in the military and civilian community for over two decades. She is the recipient of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Award and the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society’s Superior Service Award.