Karen Neitzel Search Consultant


Karen is a Search Consultant for the firm’s Head of School, Key Administrator, International Schools, and Catholic Schools Practices. She also works in our Consulting Group as a Curriculum and Technology consultant.

Karen joined CS&A this past year and is already deeply involved in a number of key administrator and Head of School searches. She also has consulted on curriculum for Soon Ling School in Shanghai, and made numerous academic presentations at organizations including NAIS, CAIS, and NACAC.

Previous Experience

Karen brings a unique combination of technology and senior K-12 leadership expertise to the Search and Consulting Group.

She joins CS&A from ‘Iolani School (HI), first serving as Dean of Studies before becoming Associate Head of School. Prior to ‘Iolani, Karen held several leadership roles in the Hood River County School District (OR), including Vice Principal and Principal. She also worked at The Archer School for Girls (CA), where she served as Assistant Head of School, Academic Dean, and Director of Technology. Additionally, she worked in various technology positions at Sinai Akiba Academy (CA) and the Redondo Beach Unified School District in California and has taught graduate school education classes for both Portland State University and National University in Los Angeles.

Education & Interests

Karen graduated from University of California with a B.A. in political science; California State University, Dominguez Hills with an M.A. in Education; and University of California, Irvine/Los Angeles with an Ed.D. in educational leadership. Her dissertation was on “Latina College Persistence.”

Karen enjoys road biking, paddle boarding, skiing, and travel. Her volunteer work includes Rotary, United Way, and the Special Olympics.