Karen Greene is a board member of the Charles River Swimming Club that hosts the Charles River Swim. She served as Project Director for the Charles River Conservancy from 2009 to 2012 where she coordinated the work of the Charles River Water Quality Commission to study the feasibility of returning public swimming to the Charles River. She swam in her first Charles River Swim Race in 2011 and will be swimming again in 2013.
Greene is now the Foundations Manager with Ceres, Inc. where she cultivates foundation relationships and manage a portfolio of foundation grants. When not working or swimming she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two sons, and their yellow Lab Jersey.
Charles River Swimming Club
The Charles River Swimming Club was founded in 2005 with the dual purpose of organizing competitive open water swimming events in the Charles River and facilitating the return of public river swimming. Its main event is a one-mile swim in the Charles River basin called the Charles River One Mile Swim, annually held in early June.
After decades of pollution, the Charles River has benefited from the ongoing Clean Charles River Initiative, which was started in 1995 to restore the river’s ecological health. The river is now clean enough on most summer days to meet swimming standards. The club aims to raise awareness of and celebrate the efforts that went into cleaning the river, as well as to highlight the need for continued clean-up to enable recreational swimming in the future.