Karen joined the BCI team with more than 11 years of fundraising experience, including nine years overseeing membership and annual giving programs at environmental organizations.

Karen Kimbell – Director of Membership & Individual Giving

Karen joined the BCI team at the start of 2019, bringing with her more than 11 years of fundraising experience, including nine years overseeing membership and annual giving programs at environmental organizations. She holds certifications in Non-Profit Management, Leadership, and Fundraising and is an active member of the San Antonio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Prior to joining BCI, Karen served as Director of Development for the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Development Coordinator for the San Antonio River Foundation, and Assistant Director of Donor Relations at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

After an outdoorsy early childhood in Hawaii and Germany, her family settled in San Antonio just in time for her high school years. Karen earned undergraduate degrees in English and German at The University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in communications from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Karen enjoys reading, kayaking, swimming, hiking, travelling, and volunteering as a Texas Master Naturalist. She and her husband live just 20 minutes from Bracken Cave along with their rescue cat who likes to make appearances on Zoom calls.