Staff

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Karen Wagener
President

Karen joined the LAFD Foundation in 2010. Prior to that, she was President of the Los Angeles Police Foundation for nine years. Her commitment to public safety took root during the six years she worked for Mayor Richard J. Riordan as Executive Director of the city’s Volunteer Bureau. Other professional experience includes the UCLA Alumni Association, Peace Corps, and SearchCom, an executive search firm.

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Diana Soukounian
Chief Operating Officer

Diana has been on Foundation staff since 2012. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications and master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. Diana has served as a volunteer at an LAUSD elementary school and was an intern for LAPD’s Media Relations Section.

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Owen O’Shea
Development Director

Born and raised in New York, Owen O’Shea has come to the West Coast with more than seven years of experience working with some of the largest faith-based and veteran service organizations in the world. In these roles, Owen provided program management and fundraising strategies both internationally and throughout the United States. Owen most recently provided consultation services for a multi-million-dollar capital campaign focusing on major gifts, board development, and capacity building. Prior to his career in development, Owen studied business and played lacrosse at Notre Dame de Namur University.

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Rachel Wachtel
Development Assistant

Rachel joined the LAFD Foundation in July 2016. After spending two years with a corporate law firm in downtown Los Angeles, she arrived eager to join the nonprofit sector. Rachel’s passion for nonprofit work sparked during her four years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. During her college years, Rachel interned with a variety of political organizations, as well as participated in a year-long nonprofit internship course through the university.