Karen Kindler holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and Managerial Sciences from Manhattan College, an M.A. in Policy Organization and Leadership Studies from Stanford University Graduate School of Education, and M.S. in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.
A recent partner to the practice, Karen brings over twenty-five years of professional experience to the counseling team, including 20 years in secondary school and college admissions leadership roles. Before joining Mallory, Baron, Ross & Kindler, Karen was, most recently, a Staff Recruiter at Stanford University where she recruited administrative, managerial, and executive staff for a range of positions across the University’s seven schools and business units. Karen also served as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at San Francisco University High School and as Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Barnard College.
Karen heads the elementary and secondary school counseling of the practice, covering Bay Area educational options and boarding programs all over the U.S. In addition to counseling families, she has served on boards and advisory boards of education management organizations and youth development programs. During her tenure at University High School, Karen co-founded San Francisco’s annual city-wide high school fair for public and parochial school students. She has routinely presented to parent groups and at schools around the Bay Area on topics including, school options, applying to independent schools, and the financial aid process.
The types of students Karen works with ranges from those who are highly successful academically and want to further explore rigorous educational options, to students who struggle in school and therefore need to find learning environments in which they can be successful. Her practice also includes students with learning disabilities and she is particularly knowledgeable about schools for students with specific academic needs. Of equal importance to their academic needs, Karen takes a student’s personality, extra-curricular interests, and family situation into consideration.
Karen works with families that have children in private and public schools in the Bay Area, as well as with families throughout California, out-of-state, and overseas. Additionally, families relocating to the Bay Area can work with Karen to determine the best potential school options for their children.
As a former high school admissions director, Karen knows the Bay Area schools well. However, it’s critical to stay informed of changes and developments in different school programs. Consequently, she is visiting many schools in her inaugural year at the practice, including both local and boarding programs in the United States and British Columbia. She also maintains relationships with school heads and admissions directors, many of whom are her former colleagues.