Karen Gordon, Founder & CEO


Gordon founded Whole Child International in 2004 to improve the quality of care for children without guardianship worldwide. By targeting the largely overlooked emotional needs of society’s most vulnerable children, Whole Child’s cost-effective, sustainable, and replicable program provides children with the tools they need to become productive members of society. As Founder and CEO of the organization, Gordon leads an international team of trainers, researchers, and other staff to change systems of care, advocate and influence policy, and conduct related research. Whole Child programs are currently being brought to scale with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank, TACA Airlines and SISEL International. Karen is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and Whole Child’s 2009 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, was selected to be highlighted as an example of how to tackle an intractable global problem at CGI’s Annual Meeting on September 24, 2009. On February 20th and 21st 2010 joined by special guest His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Karen Gordon and Whole Child launched a global initiative to raise awareness of the plight of institutionalized children. During the two days with Whole Child, His Holiness engaged philanthropists, academics government officials, and the public on how to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children. Gordon is co-author on two articles published in 2010 in the peer reviewed Infant Journal of Mental Health, contributing important insights and realistic solutions to the public debate. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.