Karen Whitaker Senior Consultant


Karen is a Search Consultant for the firm’s Head of School, Key Administrator, and Catholic Schools Practices. Since joining the firm, she has worked on a wide range of searches, partnering with domestic, international, Catholic, Jewish, and secular schools to appoint heads of school and key administrators across all divisions. She particularly enjoys getting to know a school’s culture and aspirations and finding the right match for each client.

Karen’s recent assignments have included search work at University of Chicago Lab Schools (IL), French American International School (OR), Kent Place School (NJ), John Thomas Dye (CA), The Milken School (CA), Schools of the Sacred Heart – San Francisco (CA), University Prep (WA), The Peck School (NJ), Alta Vista School (CA) and the International School of Beijing.

Previous Experience

Karen began her career in teaching at the Bay Area public schools before joining The Branson School (CA) as an English teacher. Karen remained at Branson as Freshman Dean and Director of Studies before serving as Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean for more than 10 years. She has a deep understanding of and respect for the experiences of classroom teachers and key administrators.

Education & Interests

Karen earned her B.A. from Stanford and her California Teaching Credential from University of California, Berkeley. She also graduated with an M.A. in Private School Leadership from the Klingenstein Program at Columbia University.

Karen is a Trustee at Marin Primary & Middle School in Larkspur, CA. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, bird watching, hiking, reading, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.