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Karen Thoreson

President/COO at Alliance for Innovation

Phoenix, Arizona Area
Nonprofit Organization Management
  1. Alliance for Innovation,
  2. City of Glendale Arizona,
  3. City of Tucson
  1. University of Northern Colorado

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University of Northern Colorado

University of Northern Colorado

Public Administration

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Alliance for Innovation
– Present (5 years 6 months)

We are a national non-profit dedicated to helping local governments achieve great results for their communities.

COO/Deputy Director

Alliance for Innovation
(2 years)

Economic Development Director

City of Glendale Arizona
(2 years)

Assistant City Manager/ Director of Community Services

City of Tucson
(11 years)

Ex. Director

Boulder Housing Authority
(7 years)


Networking Leads to Better Results(Link)

PM Magazine
May 2014

Most organizations, public and private, recognize the benefits of well-networked members. Longstanding civic organizations, for example, were formed to do good work in their communities and to provide a platform for networking community leaders with one another. While networking can take place in informal settings, increasingly local governments intentionally create opportunities for employees to learn from others in their field or their region. This article highlights two exchange programs that intensified the networking experience.



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University of Northern Colorado

Masters in Social Science, Public Administration

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

BES, Early childhood, women's studies, criminal justice, organizational development


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