Karen Parry

Karen Parry's life work is building a brighter Jewish future for our community. With over a decade in Jewish communal leadership, she is deeply invested in building systems and opportunities that empower young people to stay strongly connected to Jewish life, learning, and Israel. Karen is the Executive Director of Hillel of San Diego- a multi-campus Hillel that supports Jewish life at UCSD, SDSU, Cal State San Marcos, and USD. In her role she oversees the strategic vision of the organization. Under her tenure, Hillel of San Diego has doubled in size and impact- reaching more students than ever before and anchoring them in Jewish life across the San Diego community through partnerships and meaningful experiences. Previously she’s served as the Development Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. As a San Diego native, Karen was the Education Director at Temple Adat Shalom and got her start in Jewish engagement as the Teen Director, JCC Maccabi Games Delegation Head, and Assistant Camp Jaycee Director at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus. Karen is a proud alum of the Wexner Field Fellowship, JCCA Merrin Teen Professionals Fellowship, and served as part of URJ's Community of Practice in Congregational Education. When not supporting Jewish life, you can find Karen participating in anything related to musical theatre or playing with her daughters, husband, and their beagle.... preferably at the beach.