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Since the company’s beginning, Karen has led an executive team in managing over $3.3 billion in commercial real estate.  The NAS team has managed a total of 179 properties comprised of 24.5 million square feet in 30 states, while generating $595.7 million in cash distributions to 2,568 property investors.

Ms. Kennedy is the former Chief Operating Officer and Chief Portfolio Officer for SCI Real Estate Investments where, in addition to overseeing daily company operations, she was responsible for the asset management supervision and investor relations for a co-ownership portfolio worth over $1.8 Billion and consisting of 66 class-A, multifamily, student housing, retail and office properties comprising over 13 million square feet in 16 states.

Karen has been active in all phases of asset and project management for more than 40 years and has extensive experience directing the management of properties on a national basis. Karen has developed and managed properties on behalf of a variety of asset management firms including The Festival Companies, The Patrician Group, The Meadows Group, G/K Development and Kesco. In addition to her background in asset and property management, she has extensive experience in leasing, project management, construction, and the development of commercial and retail properties.

Karen has been a Bonded Receiver in the Superior Courts in California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington. Karen is a graduate of the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She worked on her Master’s of Journalism degree with an emphasis in Public Relations/Marketing at the University of Southern California and has been a speaker at numerous International Council of Shopping Center seminars, UCLA and USC.

Karen is a cabinet member of the Los Angeles chapter of Jewish National Fund’s Real Estate Division.  Karen is also a cabinet member of the Jewish Federation Real Estate and construction Network. JNF is dedicated to giving all generations of Jewish people a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

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Karen E. Kennedy

Karen plays a lead role in several community and international outreach organizations benefiting the development, well-being and self-sufficiency of women, children, and the Jewish community. These active roles include being a:

  • Major annual contributor to UTU, an African organization dedicated to empowering children through AIDS education. In 2014, Mrs. Kennedy underwrote the building, staff, and books for students of a 2-room school in Malawi, naming it for her mother, Pearlie Goodman.
  • Founding Board Member of the American Friends of Kidum (AFK), a nonprofit organization that supports the Society for Advancement of Education (SAE), founded in Jerusalem in 1962. SAE works to empower youth from disadvantaged communities in Israel to attain distinction in all their social, educational and leadership endeavors.
  • Recipient of the 2017 American Friends of Kidum (AFK) Leadership Award
  • Member of The Jewish Federation, Los Angeles
  • Member of the Self-Help And Recovery Exchange (SHARE!) an organization that helps people in Los Angeles pursue personal growth and change
  • Benefactor of Mae Boyar High School in Jerusalem, which was founded by Mrs. Kennedy’s maternal grandfather
  • Board member of Daybreak: The only Interim housing and day program that offers services to homeless women living with a mental illness in West Los Angeles
Golda Meir, Karen E Kennedy, Pearlie Goodman (circa 1969)

Golda Meir, Karen E Kennedy, Pearlie Goodman (circa 1969)

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Karen & Judson Kennedy
Karen & Judson Kennedy

Karen loves to travel internationally with her husband of 43 years and is an avid gardener. She likes to read novels, typically devouring three novels a week and is an excellent swimmer. She speaks Spanish, Hebrew, French, Portuguese, and Italian.  She is a proud grandmother of six and lives in Venice, CA with her husband Judson.