Karen Paikin Barall

Karen Paikin Barall is the Director of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization’s Washington, DC office. As Hadassah’s Director of Government Relations, she is Hadassah’s chief lobbyist in Washington where she advocates for Israel’s safety and security, combating anti-Semitism and Women’s Health initiatives such as affordable access to fertility treatments. Barall served as Mid-Atlantic Director for the Orthodox Union Advocacy, where she managed the OU Advocacy’s efforts in Maryland and Pennsylvania.  Karen also worked as Director of Maryland Government and Community Relations for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, where she organized the agency’s state and local legislative efforts, secured millions of dollars in state and local funding. Before joining the JCRC, Karen served as a politically appointed foreign affairs officer in the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and as Special Assistant for Community Affairs to New York Governor George Pataki. Karen has an extensive background in Jewish communal service and grassroots activity where she has actively served in leadership roles to encourage community activism. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lander College for Women of Touro College, and spent a year studying at Ben Gurion University in Israel. Karen and her husband Allan live in Potomac, Maryland with their two children.