Featured Rotarian: Margaret Karren

Margaret Karren has been an active member of LA5 since 2008. She has served in several leadership roles, among them as member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Community Service Community. She has also participated in other area nonprofits. She served on the board and finance committee of the California Hospital Medical Center Foundation, as well as a board member and Chair for Boys Town of California.

Margaret is a partner, and leads the nonprofit services practice, for Green Hasson Janks. She is a member of the California Society of CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Audit Quality Center (GAQC). Services provided to nonprofit organizations include audits, reviews, compilations, dashboard reporting, benchmarking analysis, mergers and acquisitions consulting, board training, governance and strategic planning.

Margaret attended Brigham Young University and graduated with honors from California State University – Northridge, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration-Accounting. She also attended the Golden Gate University Master of Taxation Program.

She leads the firm’s quarterly nonprofit workshops and prepared the annual benchmarking survey. She is a frequent guest lecturer and co-hosted the 2009 California Society of CPAs’ Not-for-Profit Organizations Conference.

Margaret joined Rotary for service. Gerry and Kathy Turner invited her to hand out food to volunteers, and that led to the Ability First Bowling party and Camp Paivika clean up. She will travel with the district Rotary group to Guatemala in February. She enjoys travel, hiking and volunteer work. But most of all she is the proud grandmother to Stella, now ten months old. Grandma watches Stella at her swimming lessons and loves to read to her in both English and French.