Kara Penn, MBA, MPP, is owner and principal at Mission Spark, a management consulting firm dedicated to leading organizational change and improvement in complex and often resource-constrained settings. Kara has fifteen years of experience in senior leadership positions with organizations throughout the United States, including as founder, director, chair, and board member. She has led award-winning community collaboratives; designed, managed, and evaluated multiyear social change initiatives; and provided in-depth consulting services to more than seventy nonprofits, social enterprises, corporations, and philanthropic foundations. Kara is the co-author of Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner, published by Harvard Business Review Press in 2014. Kara is thrilled to be on the board of RMRA to serve the organization’s important mission to improve the lives of girls and families living with Rett, and to support the search for a cure.