Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Senior Vice President of Administration for Comcast Corporation, leads a variety of corporate functions, including corporate real estate, facilities, aviation, diversity, political affairs, corporate services, travel and security. Karen is the executive in charge of development of Comcast’s new Innovation and Technology Center, and previously oversaw the development of Comcast’s Corporate Headquarters.
From 2000 to 2003, Karen established Comcast’s first corporate communications infrastructure, unifying communications for the entire family of Comcast companies.
In 1997, then-Mayor Edward G. Rendell appointed Karen as President of Philadelphia 2000, the organization that brought the 2000 Republican National Convention to Philadelphia and served as the City’s official Host Committee. The Convention attracted 50,000 visitors and won national and international media attention. Immediate economic benefits exceeded $300 million.
Karen served as Sales Executive for Comcast-Spectacor from 1993 to 1997, to develop the Wells Fargo Center. In 1991, Karen headed up the development of the Pyramid Club at the top of the Mellon Bank Center. Karen was the Club’s Membership Director and sole corporate representative in Philadelphia of Club Corporation of America.
Karen served as Special Assistant to State Treasurer Barbara Hafer during her 1990 gubernatorial bid. From 1988-1990, Karen was Special Assistant to United States Senator John Heinz, in Washington, D.C.
Karen received her M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She is a 1988 graduate of Dickinson College and the Dickinson Center for European Studies in Bologna, Italy.
Karen serves on Beneficial Bancorp Inc.’s Board of Directors and on the Boards of many civic and charitable organizations, including: Board of Directors, Executive Committee and 2014 - 2015 Campaign Co-Chair for United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey; Germantown Academy; Pennsylvania Conference for Women; Chair, Board of Governors of the Pyramid Club; Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Paradigm Award and Scholarship Committee; and University of Pennsylvania’s Trustees’ Council of Penn Women.
Karen recently served on additional boards, including the Abington Health Foundation, American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate Southeastern Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Ballet (Secretary and Executive Committee Member); People’s Emergency Center; and The Forum of Executive Women.
Karen has received numerous awards, including: 2014 United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Women’s Initiative Award; NAMIC-Philadelphia 2012 Paragon Award, 2012 Multichannel News Wonder Women Award, 2011 WICT Seasoned Professional Service Award, 2009 Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business Award, 2008 American Heart Association "Go Red for Women" Woman of Heart Award, 2000 Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal, Headliner Award by the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, Comcast Newsmaker of the Year Award, Girl Scouts of America Take the Lead Award, Boy Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Council’s 2000 Summit Award, Honorary Member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the PENJERDEL Council Citizen of the Year.
She resides in the Philadelphia region with her husband, Carl, and their two children.