Karen Kerr is passionate about partnering with entrepreneurs to build technology-based companies. She has spent more than two decades as a venture investor, instigator, and advisor to intrepid entrepreneurs. Most recently she was Executive Managing Director at GE Ventures where she lead a team investing in advanced manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, and enterprise software companies that drove productivity at General Electric. She was previously a Managing Director at ARCH Venture Partners and started her career as a Sr. Associate and Kauffman Fellow at Patricof & Co. Karen was a Director at Intellectual Ventures and helped to launch numerous startups as Senior Director of New Ventures and Alliances at the University of Southern California.
Karen earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago and an AB in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College.
She is a member of the Charter Class of Kauffman Fellows and is active on multiple boards including the Kauffman Fellows, mHub, and Clean Energy Trust boards as well as the University of Chicago Physical Sciences Division and Institute of Molecular Engineering Visiting Committees, and the Bryn Mawr College Board of Trustees.
Karen has been recognized as a CVC Rising Star, a Crain’s Tech 50, one of LA’s Top Innovators, Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40, and C200 Women Business Leaders.