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Karen Appleton, SV2 Board of Directors

Karen Appleton has been an SV2 partner since 2006. She has participated in SV2's Strategic Planning Team and the Partner Advisory Board, in addition to serving on the Finance committee and the Executive committee of the Board of Directors.

Karen Appleton is the Vice President of Business Development at, where she is responsible for driving's high growth initiatives. She initiates, evaluates, and structures new business opportunities, including strategic alliances and partnerships

Prior to, Karen was Vice President of Development and a member of the executive team at Prosper Marketplace and was responsible for a full range of growth activity, including acquisition and retention and the development of ecosystem-based partnerships and alliances. Before Prosper, Karen was responsible for marketing, new client relationships, and growth initiatives for the largest private wealth management team at Citigroup/Smith Barney. As Director of Business Development at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, she built a team that worked to grow revenues and broaden existing and prospective client relationships. She also served as National Marketing Director for the corporate group at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP. At Lexis-Nexis, she launched the firm's internet product, managed top-tier accounts, and ran business development for the state of Hawaii.

Karen loves hanging out with her two boys and taking them on adventures to faraway lands. An avid enthusiast of diving, hiking, and photography, Karen is also a lacrosse mom (and part-time coach!). She earned a master's degree in organizational development from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in international business from Towson University. She holds an advisory board seat with The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & Executives and serves on the Board of Directors for SV2.

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For me, the most rewarding aspect of being an SV2 Partner is networking with like-minded people who really care about making a difference in the community.

Karen Appleton,
SV2 Board Member

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