Karen Wagener

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.


Diana Soukounian
Administrative Officer

Diana has been on foundation staff since 2012. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, she graduated from California State University, Northridge and is a candidate at CSUN for a Masters in Public Administration. Diana has served as a volunteer at an LAUSD elementary school and was an intern for LAPD’s Media Relations Section.


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.