Karen Girolami Callam

Karen Girolami Callam

Communications Consultant

      Karen Girolami Callam has served as NACSA’s Senior Editor and Communications Consultant since 2012, starting with writing and editing projects in 2005. She works with the communications team and other staff to craft and hone strategic messages, reports, stories, and other content, striving for text that sings with clarity, brevity, and impact.
      Karen leads a 25 year-old communications consultancy working with nonprofits, schools, and foundations. She began her career with nearly a decade of advocating on public education policy issues impacting Chicago’s Latino community.
       She also communicates through song—teaching and performing all kinds of music, from bilingual children’s classes to her own jazz trio to classical choral works to liturgical cantoring. Karen is in her fifth year of an embedded professional development initiative as a bilingual teaching artist in a public preschool, building educators’ capacity to use music and movement as teaching tools.
       Whether writing, editing, singing, or teaching, Karen’s passions are about high expectations and room for all: all children growing in great schools, all teachers using the power of music, all voices heard, all content crafted for its power to seed change.
      Karen studied communications and Hispanic studies at Northwestern University, including a year at the University of Sevilla in Spain. She lived in Sevilla again as a teacher and, more recently, with her husband and three children for a year-long immersion. Today, she lives with her family and pandemic pup not far from the shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois.

Most Recent Posts
ESSER and the Fiscal Cliff
Big changes are on the horizon for charter school authorizers and the schools in their portfolios: the end of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. Managing this change will...
NACSA passes the mic to EnTere Ed Collective
As we think about the future of education—especially for kids who look like us—it’s hard not to also reflect on where we’ve come from. Countless folx of color have paved...
Untapped Expertise: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as Charter School Authorizers
Today, NACSA and the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) released a report titled Untapped Expertise: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as Charter School Authorizers, calling on policymakers to increase pathways...