Karen Lindsey Marshall, J.D., is the Director of Advocacy and Engagement at the National Alliance for Caregiving. Karen began her career as a regulatory and government affairs attorney, primarily representing the financial services industry.
Karen’s career detoured when she became a family caregiver for both parents, helping them face multiple severe illnesses and aging issues. During her time caregiving, she provided care both in-home and as a working, long-distance caregiver. Those experiences ultimately inspired her to found Kadamba Tree Foundation, a nonprofit offering education and support programs as well as evidence-based interventions to family caregivers. She is a certified program leader for the Rosalyn Carter Institute’s (RCI) Caring for You, Caring for You Me and Dealing with Dementia programs. She has also been a certified interventionist and Master Trainer for the Rosalynn Carter Institute’s evidence-based Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Health (RCI REACH) program.
In addition to developing and facilitating caregiver programs, Karen has helped community groups and governmental entities develop and deliver caregiver outreach programs. She frequently speaks as a caregiver advocate and has volunteered as a caregiver support group facilitator and presenter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Legal and Financial Planning workshop. She is actively engaged in, and often coordinates, efforts to establish local collaboratives and coalitions that serve family caregivers. As an attorney, she has provided several hours of pro bono legal assistance to older Americans and their loved ones.
Karen continues advocating for the caregiving community with the Alliance. In her current role, she develops advocacy infrastructure for a state and local grassroots coalition network and also supports legislative and regulatory efforts for caregivers.