Karen McClaflin

photo 5Executive Director

Karen McClaflin is an experienced CEO, bringing comprehensive familiarity of the nonprofit arena to her position as the Executive Director for the California Auto Museum, where she has been for over 6 years now.

Previously, she served for over 14 years as the Executive Director for the Pregnancy Care Center of Crescent City and two years as the Executive Director for the ALS Association of Sacramento, gaining expertise in fundraising, public relations, media outreach as well as training/supervising staff and volunteers.  She has been featured on several local TV and radio stations, had extensive training in non-profit management, led successful capital campaigns, implemented new outreach programs, and chaired major fundraisers.

She is active in her church, has spoken at several conferences and events, and, when time allows, she is also an amateur crafter, writer, reader, occasional cynic, aimless dreamer and wannabe activist.

Karen loves to shop, read, travel to any location with a beach, and has a shoe collection of over 100 pairs.

Karen has two grown children, Brianna, 29 and Stace, 27, whom she considers to be her greatest accomplishments. In her words, “If I can get through an evening at home with a teen with attitude, I can sail through the toughest assignments with ease.”  Brianna now lives in Waialua, Hawaii with her husband, Ryland, and Karen’s first grandbaby, Loren Austin Brown III, born October 7, 2011. Her son Stace is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon in Eugene and currently works and lives in Midtown Sacramento.

Interesting Car Facts:

Karen’s maternal family of nine moved out to California from Texas in a Model T Ford (“Tin Lizzie”) with all their belongings strapped to the roof.

First car Karen rode in:  Brand New (which gives away her age) 1966 Oldsmobile 442

Current car:  Mazda 3

First Dream car: 1966 red convertible Karmann Ghia