Karen
Smyth
Marketing Manager
    Focus: Portfolio Services
    Location: Palo Alto

    As head of content at Norwest Venture Partners, Karen creates strategy and content to elevate Norwest team members’ voices and accomplishments across all digital experiences.

    Karen has led marketing and communications programs and large-scale events in start-up, enterprise, agency, and non-profit environments, including prominent technology and policy research firm SRI International.

    Karen is active on the Board of Directors for the PRSA Silicon Valley and Chief of Staff for #Friday Forum, a virtual speaking series providing inspiration and support for communications professionals at every level. She is also a fervent volunteer and advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California. And through her executive role on the 2021 Bright Night Gala/Auction and as twice Chairperson for the Silicon Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s, she has helped raise nearly $4M for their critical research and support services.

    Karen holds a bachelor of science in journalism with a concentration in public relations from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

    Get To Know Karen
    • 01
      Do you have a favorite quote?
      “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
    • 02
      What is something that people may not know about you?
      While in college I was a tour guide at Hearst Castle.
    • 03
      What causes and charities are you passionate about?
      Seeing an end to Alzheimer’s/The Alzheimer’s Association.