Advancement Team Profile

Karen Aarestad WEB

Karen Aarestad

Assistant Vice Chancellor Multidisciplinary Centers, Schools and Colleges


Primary Phone:303-724-7400

Alt Phone:Mobile 303-503-4584

Hometown: Portland, Maine 

Education: Bates College (BA in English); University of Kent Canterbury (one year study abroad); London Business School, University of London, MBA 

Job Description: I help benefactors make transformational investments in our future healthcare workforce 

Why CU? I have a daughter with Down syndrome, so our family came to Colorado because the very healthcare and education opportunities are available to her and our son here. 

I am most excited about working with some of the most passionate and dedicated individuals and teams in healthcare. I also get to collaborate with benefactors who are committed to improving the lives of people they may never meet. 

Before moving to Colorado, I studied and worked in England for 11 years (at London Business School, Oxford University and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge). I am a dual citizen British American (and I met Prince Charles)

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