Karen Manuel is the Director of Business Operations at Apprenti, a registered apprenticeship program started by the WTIA Workforce Institute to address technology workforce needs. Her work expands the pipeline of tech talent, focusing on underrepresented groups including women, minorities, and veterans. Throughout her career, she has developed innovative workforce initiatives that engage adults and youth in relevant hands-on learning to build future workforce in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Karen excels at establishing strategy, initiatives and partnerships to improve workforce preparation and access to technology. She holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and a M.A. in Education from Seattle University.