Susan Downs-Karkos | Senior Director of External Affairs

Susan Downs-Karkos

Susan Downs-Karkos is Senior Director of External Affairs at Welcoming America, where she addresses new and emerging needs in the field related to immigrant inclusion and receiving community engagement by developing new partnerships, tools, and training.  Her work includes collaborating with international, national, and local partners to expand communications and outreach, leverage expertise, and maximize resources in order to create more welcoming communities.

Prior to Welcoming America, Susan served as Director of Integration Strategies at Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, where she managed programs for foreign trained health professionals and health literacy. She also served for more than a decade at The Colorado Trust, where as a senior program officer, she designed and managed the Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Families Initiative, an $18 million effort to engage immigrants and members of receiving communities in local immigrant integration efforts. She is a former national board co-chair of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and serves on the boards of both Focus Points Family Resource Center in Denver and Jannus in Boise, which both work to meet the needs of diverse families.  Susan holds a B.A. in psychology from Bates College.

Publications by Susan Downs-Karkos