Karen E. Webber, J.D., is the director of the Education and Youth Development program at Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Previously, Karen was the executive director of the Office of Student Support and Safety at Baltimore City Schools where she worked both on policies and practices that contributed to the school suspension and expulsion rates decreasing dramatically. Before moving to this position with the district administration, she served as a principal in a Baltimore City school. Prior to her career in education, Karen earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and focused on civil rights. She also served as the executive director of the Open Housing Center in New York and the Public Justice Center in Baltimore.