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Karen Topakian

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Karen Topakian

Member, Board of Advisors
Agape Foundation: Fund for Nonviolent Social Change
social change for health and well-being
nonviolent social change
peace and justice issues
anti-war activism


Karen Topakian is on the board of advisors for the Agape Foundation: Fund for Nonviolent Social Change, a nonprofit public foundation that raises and distributes funds to groups working for nonviolent social change. Previously, she was its executive director. Since its formation in 1969 by pacifists and anti-war activists in Palo Alto, Calif., the San Francisco-based Agape Foundation has provided millions of dollars to nonviolent, grassroots organizations throughout the western United States. Topakian has worked on peace and justice issues for over 25 years, serving as director of the University of Rhode Island's first women's center, as a manager of a food co-op and as a nuclear disarmament campaigner for Greenpeace, where she is currently a board member. Topakian also writes for The Noe Valley Voice, a montly community newspaper for Noe Valley residents. Topakian holds a master's in fine art from the San Francisco Art Institute in filmmaking.

1095 Market Street, Suite 304
San Francisco  California  94103
United States
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