Kara Valikai is the Director of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center's Health and Wellness and Women’s Economic Empowerment Issue Networks. In this role, she works with companies to enhance wellness initiatives on the global and local level. She also works with companies to improve women’s economic opportunity through private sector initiatives.
Kara recently earned an MBA and MPA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Kennedy School. In these programs, she specialized in sustainability, corporate responsibility, and international affairs. In addition to her studies, she worked for the Harvard Kennedy School CSR Initiative. In this role she co-authored a report which assessed the business case for The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 women’s economic empowerment initiative.
Before embarking on her MBA and MPA, she worked for TechnoServe in Romania, Colombia, Chile, and Nicaragua. Kara spent two years working for a microfinance rating agency, Planet Rating, in Peru where she led and executed financial risk and social ratings for microfinance institutions across Latin America. Prior to Planet Rating she was a senior financial analyst for an asset management company, American Capital. She has also worked in public accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Kara speaks Spanish fluently and holds a B.A. in Business-Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara.