Though Karen Topakian was born and raised in Rhode Island, she escaped to San Francisco to earn her Masters of Fine Art degree in Filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. Subsequently, Karen began working for Greenpeace as a nuclear disarmament campaigner. Then moved on to become the Executive Director of the Agape Foundation – Fund for Nonviolent Social Change until April of 2009. In 2010, she started her own freelance writing and communications consulting business, Topakian Communications.
During Karen’s professional life, she authored Agape’s newsletters, annual reports, blog, web content and Op-Eds that were published in The San Francisco Chronicle and The Oakland Tribune; as well as wrote articles for The Grassroots Fundraising Journal. In addition to growing her own business, she writes a regular feature, Store Trek, for The Noe Valley Voice, which introduces new businesses to the community.