Karin Hagaman has been a leader in urban redevelopment efforts for more than 20 years, with practice crossing the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. She has worn many hats in the course of her work, including nonprofit CEO, project director, and independent consultant. Together with an educational background that joins a traditional business perspective with social work and community economic development, her diverse experience allows Karin to approach problem-solving, planning, and organizational development from a strong interdisciplinary perspective. Her experience has also generated direct knowledge of – and respect for – the vital roles played by all parts of an organization and its broader stakeholder community.

Prior roles include president and CEO of Grand Center, the nonprofit organization tasked with promoting and enhancing St. Louis’s premier arts district; director of project development with the Cortex Innovation District in St. Louis; major project manager with St. Louis Development Corporation, the economic development organization for the City of St. Louis; and seven years as a consultant with Development Strategies, a St. Louis-based firm with a focus on economic development, real estate development, and community development.

A New Jersey native, Karin has called St. Louis home since 1995. She holds master’s degrees in business and social work from Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.

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