Former President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy Joins Storefront Academy

Date: 
March 30, 2017

The Board of Trustees of Storefront Academy is pleased to announce that Dr. Karen H. Putnam has been named Interim Executive Director. In her role, Dr. Putnam will direct the strategic direction, programs, and operations for Storefront Academy Harlem and Storefront Academy South Bronx. Dr. Putnam will collaborate closely with the schools' trustees and senior leadership in continuing to expand the schools’ impact, and strengthening Storefront Academy's mission and work in underserved communities.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Karen to the Storefront Academy family,” said Ray Cameron, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Storefront Academy Harlem. “Karen brings a wealth of experience and expertise that we know will continue to allow us to provide an invaluable education for children in Harlem and the South Bronx.”

“Working at Storefront Academy is a homecoming of sorts,” said Dr. Putnam, “continuing a connection I made as head of the Central Park Conservancy. My personal priority then was reaching out to families and children north of 110th Street. As Interim Executive Director of Storefront Academy, my goal is to advance the shared mission of Storefront Academy Harlem and Storefront Academy South Bronx, both dedicated to educating the whole child, academically and socially.”

Dr. Putnam has extensive experience in the not-for-profit world, including higher education, the arts, social services, and public-private partnerships. In addition to working at Harvard and Yale Universities, she served as Vice Director of The Brooklyn Museum and President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. At the Conservancy, Dr. Putnam worked with cultural and civic organizations in Harlem, focusing on families and children. During that tenure, she was named a partner in the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Subsequently, as Principal and Director of Philanthropic and Family Wealth Stewardship Services at Bessemer Trust, she served on The Rockefeller University Committee on Trust and Estate Gift Plans, The Professional Advisors Council of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., and the Professional Advisory Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dr. Putnam also wrote the book, “50 Best Places to Enjoy Central Park and Other Green Retreats,” published by Rizzoli Universe Publishing.

Dr. Putnam has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Wellesley College.