Karen Trilevsky

Founder, FullBloom Baking Company; Board Member, Smart Cookie Scholarship Fund and Food, Family and Farming

Karen Trilevsky has promoted social responsibility, sustainability, positive impact, and entrepreneurship for more than 20 years. She created FullBloom Baking Company, a fast-growing company with more than 250 employees, based on the belief that a business can lead the way to better communities, harmony with the environment, and a better life for workers. Her delicious, naturally made products and celebrated 95,000 square foot Platinum LEED-certified baking facility helped her partner with well-respected companies including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Trader Joes, and Whole Foods.

In 2012, Karen was recognized as a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama for her work demonstrating that corporate environmental leadership makes sense, both for business and for American communities.

People Magazine named Karen a “Hero Among Us” for her decade-long innovative Smart Cookie Scholarship program, which prepares first generation Latina and Latino immigrants for educational success by providing scholarships to help students complete Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees. The program also provides mentors, advising, personal development and enrichment activities, networking opportunities, and other scholarship events to ensure students succeed at the university level and beyond. To date, almost 100 students have earned their degrees through this vertically integrated program.

Karen currently sits on the boards of the Smart Cookie Scholarship Fund; Food, Family and Farming, created to empower schools to serve nutritious whole food to all students; and GoVoluntr a social network that connects volunteers, nonprofits, and businesses together. A TEDx speaker, she graduated from UCLA’s Entrepreneurship Program.