Karen Iglesias

Senior Director of Philanthropy

Regions covered: Alaska, California (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Francisco, and Ventura counties), Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State


Karen has really enjoyed her 25+-year professional career in the non-profit sector, working on both sides of the Atlantic to support healthcare and human services.  Originally from the UK, she first joined the Society in 2015 serving as the Senior Director of Distinguished Events across 12 states.

 More recently, serving as the Senior Director of Philanthropy for the West Region, Karen supports a team of dedicated professionals in California, Nevada, Hawaii, Washington, and Oregon.

Prior to joining ACS, Karen worked in the United Kingdom managing capital campaigns at the hospital named for Princess Diana, the Countess of Chester.  As President/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada, she worked with dedicated individuals, corporations, foundations, and volunteers to grant more than 1,000 wishes for children fighting life-threatening illness.  Her passion and commitment to join the American Cancer Society stem not just from her work with those families impacted by cancer but from her own family’s battle.

When Karen’s mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer, she commuted back and forth to the UK to support them through their treatment.  Her sister received life-saving treatment thanks to research funded by the American Cancer Society.   “After six years of making wishes come true, I joined the Society hoping to have more impact in the fight against cancer. I couldn’t be more grateful to meet people every day engaged deeply and passionately in the same fight”.

Karen and her husband Joe live in Las Vegas, close to their eldest son Ciro. Their blended family of four children and grandchildren live in California and Colorado.  When not working, Karen and Joe enjoy spending time with their family, cooking, motor car racing and travel.

For more information about making a donation to the American Cancer Society, call 702.891.9005.

To contact this Senior Director of Philanthropy, please email karen.iglesias@cancer.org.