Karen Black

Karen L. Black is the CEO of May 8 Consulting, Inc. a firm that performs policy research, analysis, facilitation and coalition building to form creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems facing communities. She has also taught in the Urban Studies Department of the University of Pennsylvania since 2002. Prior to beginning her consulting practice, Black was the founding director of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Policy Center, a region-wide policy center founded to research issues impacting the economy, environment, and equity within the Philadelphia metropolitan region. Before that, Black spent 12 years as a practicing civil rights attorney. Black is the author of numerous reports and professional articles and a frequent commentator for television and radio programs. She received a Bachelor’s from Williams College and a Doctorate of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles.