Karen Dolan is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Karen holds an M.A. in Philosophy and Social Policy from the American University in Washington D.C. Karen joined IPS in 1996; Karenâ€™s public scholarship and activism at IPS has linked community-led organizations with policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. The focus of her work is on anti-poverty issues, local democracy/empowerment, and peace. Karen currently coordinates the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, edited by NYT Best-Selling Author Barbara Ehrenreich, which focuses on telling the stories of widespread economic hardship in the U.S. Some of Karenâ€™s publications include: Battered By The Storm: How the Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix it, Our Communities are Not for Sale; Paying the Price: the Mounting Costs of War in Iraq, Unleash Democracy in Mandate for Change, and Foreign Policy Goes Local. Karen blogs for Huffington Post and regularly appears in other media outlets. Karen serves on the boards of: The Participatory Budgeting Project and Jobs With Justice Worker Rights Board.