Karen Villegas is a Santa Barbara native who graduated from Harvard College in 2013, concentrating in Environmental Science and Public Policy, with a secondary field in Public Health and Health Policy. Karen’s interest in bridging the gap between mental and physical health led her to Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center, where she worked as the Community Education Coordinator for 3 years.
She recently decided to pursue a career in clinical medicine, and is preparing to apply for Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner programs. In addition to her position as coordinator of the Women’s Free Homeless Clinic through Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine, Karen currently works as a Medical Assistant at a small private practice. Karen joined Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County to promote inclusivity and encourage greater civic engagement among young women of color. In her free time, Karen enjoys hiking, baking, and playing with her two nieces.