Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Senior Vice President of Administration for Comcast Corporation, has a wide array of corporate development responsibilities, including corporate real estate, facilities, aviation, diversity, political affairs, corporate services, business continuity, travel, security and sustainability. She is the executive in charge of the development of Comcast’s new Technology Center, a $1.5 billion, 60-story tower adjacent to Comcast’s corporate headquarters, the Comcast Center, which will be one of the nation’s tallest at its completion in early 2018. Karen also previously oversaw the development of Comcast Center, a $750 million, 56-story tower from 2005 through 2008.
From 2000 to 2003, Karen established Comcast’s first corporate communications infrastructure, unifying communications for the entire family of Comcast companies. This included leading communications during many company acquisitions, including the company’s transformative acquisition of AT&T Broadband in 2001-2002.
Prior to Comcast, 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 corporate sponsorships for what is now called the Wells Fargo Center, a 20,000-seat arena and home to the Comcast-owned Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1991, Karen led the development of the Pyramid Club at the top of the Mellon Bank Center for Club Corporation of America. Karen was the club’s Membership Director and sole corporate representative in Philadelphia for 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 (Nasdaq: BNCL) Board of Directors. She also serves on the Boards of many civic and charitable organizations, including: Board of Trustees, Drexel University; Global Board of Directors, Women in Cable Telecommunications; Board of Directors, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey; Chair, Board of Governors of the Pyramid Club; and University of Pennsylvania’s Trustees’ Council of Penn Women.
Karen recently served on additional boards, including: Abington Health Foundation; American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate Southeastern Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Ballet; People’s Emergency Center; The Forum of Executive Women; and Pennsylvania Conference for Women.
Karen has received numerous awards, including: 2017 Boy Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Council’s Construction & Real Estate "Good Scout" Award; 2016 Philadelphia Magazine's Trailblazer Award; 2014 United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Women’s Initiative Award; National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications - Philadelphia 2012 Paragon Award; 2012 Multichannel News Wonder Women Award; 2011 Women in Cable Telecommunications 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.
Karen resides in the Philadelphia region with her two children.