A long time public official and current Vice Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature, Karen Johnson has also served as Schenectady Mayor and Councilwoman. Professionally she has worked in fund raising for Proctors Theatre including chairing their successful capital campaign. She serves as Chair of the Board of MVP Health Care and has been President of Friends of the Library as well as working on the campaign to get donated musical instruments for the Schenectady Schools. Her sons Kent and Eric attended Schenectady Schools. She joined the Foundation to support the teachers and students of the City of Schenectady.