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Karen Monteleone is an accomplished board relations executive with extensive experience building relationships that ensure organizations excel in their mission, especially during times of significant change. Karen has worked with a diverse range of community leaders, C-suite executives, and other influential volunteers to help advance the goals of the institutions they serve.

In her current role as Assistant Vice President for Board Relations at the University of Central Florida, Karen manages the university’s 13-member Board of Trustees responsible for policy decisions, performance, and fiscal management for one of the nation’s largest universities. She oversees all board operations and works directly with each member on the board’s activities and engagement, drawing from her volunteer leadership with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).

A builder by nature, Karen has helped improve transparency and communication essential for effective and informed decision-making. She also served as the primary staff liaison to the UCF board during its national presidential search in 2020, innovating new ways to virtually introduce candidates to the campus community during the pandemic.

Before working with the Board of Trustees in this new role, Karen served as the director and primary relationship manager for the university’s Foundation Board of Directors, where she provided strategic counsel to the Foundation CEO, executive leadership team, and board leadership and helped increase board engagement and philanthropy during the university’s $531 million IGNITE campaign. She has shared many of her successes in board member recruitment, advocacy, and fundraising and her passion for volunteer management as a speaker for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
and AGB.

Karen began her higher education career more than a decade ago at the UCF Alumni Association serving in several roles involving membership, student development, and college-level alumni relations programs. She has a background in marketing and previously worked for the Orlando Sentinel and Central Florida YMCA.

Karen is past president of the American Marketing Association of Orlando and has served in multiple community board positions, including on the board of directors for the Women’s Club at UCF, Rotary Club of Oviedo, and Central Florida YMCA. She is past vice chair for The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations and a master’s degree in educational leadership from UCF, and she is a graduate of UCF’s Leadership Empowerment Program.