Karen Loong is a dedicated leader with a diverse skill set, specializing in community empowerment and organizational development. Serving as the Executive Director of the Asian American Professional Association (AAPA), she leads efforts to tackle diversity challenges in the corporate world while nurturing and promoting Asian American and minority professionals into leadership positions. Karen's career journey began as a paralegal, but her passion for social justice led her to shift her focus to Asian American Studies, ultimately shaping her trajectory. She brings strong program and project management skills, bolstered by a Bachelor's degree in Asian-American Studies from California State University, Northridge. Karen's life's mission is rooted in giving back and fostering positive change, inspiring others to find their own purpose and make a meaningful impact on the world.
Beyond her role at AAPA, Karen is a co-founder of CreateHerCloset, a thriving thrift & consignment store known for hosting engaging pop-ups and community events. She also co-founded EKLA Events, orchestrating custom experiences throughout Southern California. During her downtime, you'll find Karen tending to her at-home jungle, crafting breathtaking floral designs, or hunting for thrifted treasures to share with loved ones.