Karen Allport Marketing and Outreach Strategist, Board Member

With over 30 years of experience in building innovative marketing and strategic outreach campaigns that build brands in competitive markets, spur revenue and achieve strategic business goals, Ms. Allport has assisted GLBio in formulating strategies and plans to solidify their brand, raising awareness of their service offerings, and generating contributed income.

Ms. Allport’s consulting work also includes Lorain County Community College, providing guidance and assistance in repositioning the College's brand as a new model of post-secondary education and training that closely links talent development with economic development.

Previously, Ms. Allport was Vice President Strategic Outreach for NorTech, a technology-based economic development organization serving NEO, where she was responsible for advancing NorTech’s position with relevant constituents, driving broader awareness of its initiatives and securing financial contributions to support their mission. Prior to joining NorTech, Ms. Allport was Chief Operating Officer for Cleveland Botanical Garden, Vice President, Corporate Communications for Dix & Eaton Incorporated and Director of Marketing Services at Leasway Transportation, where she engineered communications and public relations for a successful Chapter 11 entrance and exit.

Ms. Allport is a member of the Board of Directors of the City Club of Cleveland. She also serves as a special advisor to the Board of Directors for LEEDCo, a regional non-profit and economic development organization building an offshore wind energy industry in Ohio. Ms. Allport holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.