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Shaya KaraSenior Manager of External Affairs

As Senior Manager of External Affairs, Shaya maintains information and stewards relationships to support Coro’s impact, visibility, and financial resources. She most recently served as the Director of Community Development at the Peninsula Family YMCA. As an alumna of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, she values the influence that Coro’s tools and networks have had on her own life and strives to expand that impact in her role as a fundraiser and storyteller. Shaya has a passion for connecting people to something larger than themselves, and is excited to continue that work at Coro.

What inspires you to work in leadership development?

I believe that good leaders make for more equitable societies. Equity is all about meeting people where they are and empowering them to get where they want to go. Without the support of centered and compassionate leaders in my life, I would not be where I am today. I’m inspired to work in leadership development because I’m passionate about lifting barriers and raising consciousness.

What’s your favorite leadership quote? 

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ― Rumi

Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

On Wednesdays and Sundays, you’ll find me at the Farmers Market by City Hall in San Francisco. Otherwise, I’ll be in a sunny patch of grass, listening to an audiobook or meditating.