Karen Cleary

Chief Financial Officer

Karen Cleary is The Lenfest Institute for Journalism’s Chief Financial Officer. 

In this role, she oversees the organization’s budgeting, financial reporting, internal controls and accounting operations.  Karen brings 20 years of finance and accounting experience to The Institute.  She was most recently the Chief Finance and Administrative Officer at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey where she was responsible for finance, human resources, pledge processing, information technology and facilities management.  Karen also held finance roles at CIGNA and Arthur Andersen LLP. 

She was named The Philadelphia Business Journal’s CFO of the year for non-profit organizations in 2014.