Karen Monahan is a Senior Organizer with Beyond Coal campaign for the Sierra Club in Minnesota. Karen has provided racial equity and diversity training for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and served as the co-Chair of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter’s Diversity Council. She served as a co-chair of the subcommittee on workforce education and training with Senator Mike Jungbauer (R) for the Minnesota Green Jobs taskforce in 2008. Karen is a Green For All Fellow and Wellstone Action Fellow.

Karen is also the Ambassador for Minnesota representing NIAC (National Iranian American Council).

Karen is currently teaching a sustainability class at the U of M. She is also the director for the Urban Heat Island program at the Science Museum of Minnesota.