Karen Pearl, President & CEO
Karen Pearl, President & CEO of God’s Love We Deliver, joined the organization in September 2006, bringing with her over 30 years of experience in nonprofit leadership. Since its founding in 1985, God’s Love has responded to the urgent need for food and nutrition experienced by people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves – people living with life-altering illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, end stage renal disease and advanced diabetes.
During her tenure, Karen has expanded the organization’s capacity, increasing meal numbers by 100% and growing its advocacy program significantly to ensure access to services for those most in need. The number of volunteers has grown to over 14,400, and the number of meals cooked and delivered to a new milestone of over 1.8 million in a single year. God’s Love operates with an annual budget of over $20 million, of which 70% is raised through private philanthropy.
In 2010, God's Love was the winner of a New York Times Nonprofit Excellence Award for Management Excellence.
In 2011, God’s Love embarked on an ambitious $36 million Expansion Campaign to more than double the size of its building so it can more than double the number of meals it cooks and delivers each year. Since August 2015, God’s Love is operating from the new facility, and has expanded its service area and programs.
Karen co-authored a chapter entitled, “Food is Medicine: The Ryan White Food and Nutrition Services Program as a Model for Comprehensive Food and Nutrition Services in the United States,” in the book, published in June 2015, Health of HIV Infected People: Food, Nutrition and Lifestyle with Antiretroviral Drugs.
Karen serves on the Public Policy Committee of AIDS United and on NYCHANS, the New York Coalition of HIV/AIDS Nutrition Services providers. She spearheads the national Advocacy Capacity Building Program for Food and Nutrition Services providers, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee, an organization that helps build the infrastructure of nonprofits in the New York City metropolitan area.
Prior to joining God’s Love, Karen served as the Interim President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and as President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County. Before that, Karen was the Executive Director of the Literacy Assistance Center. She also served as the Director of Advisement, Health, and Learning Disabilities at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. Karen holds a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University and an M.A. in Counseling from New York University.