Ms. Karen Howenstein has worked with Georgetown University for more than 14 years.  She obtained a Bachelor's in Psychology from the university with coursework in Foreign Languages, Linguistics, and Biology. Her graduate studies include Technology Leadership with University of Virginia, an M.S. in Project Management from the University of Wisconsin,  Non-Profit Management with GU's McCourt School of Public Policy, and on-going Ph.D. in Leadership, focusing on executive strategic operations and organizational psychology.  Ms. Howenstein holds the highly valued designation of Project Management Professional (PMP), as well a credential for research administration, as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA).

She serves as the Project and Program Manager, as well as the senior administrative and business professional for Dr. Fornace's portfolio.  She is responsible for oversight and tracking of project life cycle as well as all related internal institutional and external deliverables.  She ensures implementation of quality and control measures and maintenance of communication and reporting, as well as adherence to institutional and sponsor regulations.  She interfaces with the full team, reports directly to Dr. Albert J Fornace, Jr., and assists in strategy and problem resolution development.  Due to the nature and far-reaching aspects of her position and of Dr. Fornace's collaborations and objectives, she also operates within overlapping organizational entities, including the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Medical Center, School of Medicine, Georgetown University main campus, and the Georgetown University Hospital.  She also serves on the Georgetown University Staff/AAP Council to assist in strategy and policy development for the university.