Karen Nemsick, Executive Fellow

Karen is passionate about leading collaborative efforts to create meaningful change in communities. She is currently serving as a FUSE Executive Fellow to manage the launch of a new nonprofit land trust that will ease the housing crisis for people living with serious mental health challenges in Alameda County. The first of its kind, Supportive Housing Community Land Alliance (CLA) will create and steward permanently affordable housing by providing residents with stable and affordable housing integrated with compassionate and caring supportive services.

Prior to this fellowship, Karen served 10 years as the executive director for Rebuilding Together San Francisco where she was responsible for attracting key corporate sponsors, creating engaging fundraising events, developing new programs, and managing budget and staffing needs for high impact home and community improvements. While at Rebuilding Together San Francisco, Karen also served as a National Affiliate Council representative from November 2013 to November 2019, serving as Chair in 2019. Karen has attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government: Executive Education, Achieving Excellence in Community Development program. She holds a Master of Social Work from California State University, Sacramento and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross. She currently on the boards of directors for Rebuilding Together Inc. and Success Centers San Francisco.