Karen Kavanaugh directs Pew’s drug safety project, overseeing work to ensure the safety of sterile compounded drugs—injectable or infused drugs made by pharmacists.
Kavanaugh has extensive experience in building and sustaining coalitions to move public policy agendas. Previously, she directed Pew’s home visiting project, which guided state policy and advocacy work to increase state and federal investments in home visiting family support programs and helped states improve the accountability and performance of their home visiting systems. Kavanaugh also served on Pew’s emerging issues team, helping to identify potential areas of engagement for state-based work. Before coming to Pew, she was a policy adviser at various levels of Michigan state and local governments, including to former Governor Jennifer Granholm.
She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, respectively.