Karen Gomez

Alumna named as Market Program Manager for Everyone’s Harvest, a nonprofit organization

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Karen Gomez

Karen Gomez graduated from CSUMB in 2019 with a degree in Collaborative Health & Human Services and an interdisciplinary concentration of Public Administration/Nonprofit Management and Community Health. Karen credits CSUMB for helping her get to where she is today by providing her with a unique educational experience. “I feel that my major, CHHS, was designed exactly for my needs,” Karen says, “and it helped me develop the skills I needed to pursue my career. Never before did I have so many professors that really care about their students and actually get to know them personally, rather than just have them be another name on their roster sheet.”

Karen recalls that her most memorable moment while attending CSUMB was when she was discussing her capstone project with her professor, Ignacio Navarro. She explains, “I told him I had no idea what to do it on or how to even begin. I explained to him what it was I was passionate about, and he was able to help me develop my entire capstone idea and the process of it within five minutes. I think what I liked most about that conversation was realizing that he really cared about me as a person and saw my potential. Nevertheless, I finished the project and to this day I could not be more proud of it.”

Karen is now pursuing her master’s degree in Public Administration at San Jose State University. She has also recently began a new position as a Market Program Manager for Everyone’s Harvest, a nonprofit organization that provides access to healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables through certified farmers’ markets and community food programs.

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