Karen M. Block is responsible for external relations and works closely with corporate and foundation partners for the Energy and Efficiency Institute and Institute of Transportation Studies. She also oversees annual fund giving to energy and sustainability programs at UC Davis. Prior to this role, she was director of development for the Division of Social Sciences in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science. Block also worked for UC Berkeley where she held positions in corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, and reunion fundraising. She has a background in arts and education. Block received a master’s in education from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s in performing arts from Emerson College.