Karen Dougherty Buchholz
Karen Dougherty Buchholz, vice president of administration for Comcast Corporation, leads a variety of corporate functions, including corporate real estate, facilities, aviation, diversity, political affairs, corporate services, travel and security. Buchholz was recently the executive in charge of development of Comcast’s new corporate headquarters, the Comcast Center. From 2000 to 2003, Buchholz established Comcast’s first corporate communications infrastructure, unifying communications for the entire family of Comcast companies. In 1997, then-Mayor Edward G. Rendell appointed Buchholz as president of Philadelphia 2000, the organization that attracted the 2000 Republican National Convention to Philadelphia and served as the City’s official host committee. Buchholz serves on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations. Most recently, she served on the Pennsylvania Ballet board of trustees as secretary and executive committee member, People’s Emergency Center board of directors and The Forum of Executive Women’s board of directors. Buchholz has also been the recipient of many awards, including the 2009 Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business Award, and she has received honors from the American Heart Association, the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Girl and Boy Scouts of America. Buchholz received her M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She is a 1988 graduate of Dickinson College and the Dickinson Center for European Studies in Bologna, Italy.