Karyn Sciortino Johnson joined McKnight in 2002. She is currently the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) manager, responsible for designing and managing enterprise level DEI strategies and initiatives to support the Foundation’s goals and values and ensuring integration and alignment across the Foundation.
Karyn believes that DEI is a tool for using our individual and collective power to create the conditions that enable more people to be their creative, brilliant selves. She cares deeply about individual and communal formation and is committed to creating inclusive and equitable environments.
Previously, Karyn was a coach and organizational development consultant in the philanthropic, faith-based, and nonprofit sectors. Earlier in her career, she coordinated grantmaking programs in Southeast Asia, East Africa, and the Twin Cities, providing opportunities for people and communities to access the resources they need to thrive.
Karyn has a master of divinity degree from Bethel Seminary and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her other studies include advanced diversity and inclusion at the ILR School of Cornell University, organizational development at the University of Minnesota, and nonprofit management at the University of St. Thomas. Karyn is also a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Council of Churches and Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research. Karyn was born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up in Southern California, and now resides in Minnesota with her family.