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Karen Grattan

CEO, Engaging Inquiry


Karen is a senior consultant who is best known for her practice of accompanying impact-focused organizations as they endeavor to stimulate and scale sustainable social and organizational change. Karen has over 25 years of experience as a weaver of methods and approaches, and especially loves designing novel analytics embedded within participatory organizational processes. Her recent work focuses on applying system thinking and complexity principles to the design and execution of adaptive strategies for dealing with messy problems.

Karen is the founder and CEO of Engaging Inquiry, LLC based in Fairfax, VA. Engaging Inquiry is a “purpose-built” company that focuses on facilitating organizational learning and adaptive leadership capacity in organizations working on some of the world’s toughest problems. Examples of EI’s clients include The Omidyar Group, The Skoll Foundation, Democracy Fund, Humanity United, The American Leadership Forum, USAID, DOD, and DOS, among others. EI brings to its clients the tools and practices for assessment, program design, monitoring, and evaluation, and a deep knowledge and experience base in a variety of research and analytic approaches, both quantitative and qualitative. Prior to her relocation to the DC area, she spent 16 years designing, implementing and managing research programs at Duke and Carolinas health care systems in North Carolina. She has degrees in public health, organizational learning and development, as well as conflict analysis and resolution.