Karen Kandamby (she/her) is the Voting Rights and Democracy Fellow on the Affiliation Voting Rights Strategy team. Her work includes collaborating with organizations across several states to address–in partnership and coalition–participation in redistricting and advancing national voting rights. Daughter of working class Sri Lankan and Mexican parents, her identity politics have been shaped by the systemic inequities her family and community have faced and continue to face.
Prior to joining the affiliation, Karen was an organizer with the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC) where she worked to ensure day laborers, household workers and other low-wage, immigrant workers find safe work at a fair wage and organize and advocate for themselves in relation to policies that impact their lives.During her time there, she also helped build the organization’s civic engagement program from the ground up.
Karen is a first generation college graduate and holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Pitzer College.