Work Opportunities Unlimited (WOU) announces the hire of Karen Partanen as Director of the Boston market, effective May 2024. She will lead, coach, and support the team in providing the highest-quality employment, adult, and student services to clients throughout the Boston region.

Karen brings over 20 years of experience working in nonprofits and municipalities at the leadership level for the West Suburban YMCA, the Town of Natick, the City of Salem (MA), and the City of West Palm Beach Gardens. “Helping others and living by the motto ‘Be the Change’ is what comes naturally to me. I am grateful for the opportunity to utilize my creativity to expand the Boston market, knowing that this will positively impact the lives of those we support in achieving success.”

Karen graduated from Green Mountain College in Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in community recreation. She resides in the Merrimack Valley with her wife, two children, and pets. In her spare time, when she is not attending her kids’ sporting events, she enjoys spending time on Cape Cod.