Karen Stokes: Program Fund Director

Karen Stokes
  • Class of: Col ’82, Law ’85
  • Current city: Bethesda, MD
  • Current job: Program fund director
  • Bodo’s Order OR Favorite Charlottesville Spot: My Bodos order is tuna on a cinnamon-raisin bagel…but my must go-to spot is Sedona Taphouse.

Tell us your UVA story. What did you do during your time on Grounds? What were your favorite memories?

I had the most wonderful time during my 4 years at UVA. I was involved in the Resident Assistant (R.A.) program and I really enjoyed helping younger students acclimate to Grounds. My time at UVA coincided with Ralph Sampson’s, and following our basketball team then was almost as exciting as following the Hoos today!

Tell us what you’re up to today!

During the pandemic I’ve been hunkering down in Ch’ville with my family; it’s been peaceful and we’ve really enjoyed spending so much time with our 24-year-old daughter. My day job involves managing a family foundation, and I help to direct funds to programs and communities in Baltimore.

I work for an incredible family — their mandate is to “do some good for others.”

What makes you say Wahoowa?

Whenever I walk by someone wearing UVA gear.

What’s the biggest way in which you hope alumni can impact UVA?

By staying engaged; by returning to Grounds often and by continually sharing stories of how UVA has shaped their lives.

Pick a pillar that best captures your life today:

Inform

Why does that pillar speak to you?

Serving on the Alumni Association Board has allowed me a front-row seat to many of the exciting changes and plans for the future of UVA. Sharing information with my circle of friends and acquaintances has become my mission (the new Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, for example).