Karen Legato is a leader who walks beside others to bring about the best outcomes for people, organizations, and communities. Her passion is shaped by working with those most vulnerable in society who survive with the least resources.
Currently, Karen serves as the Executive Director of Health Brigade, formerly known as Fan Free Clinic. She has served over 30 years in the not-for-profit sector, providing both direct service and administrative leadership.
Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech, Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Her service background includes medical social work, administration, child and family work, education, program development, project management, facilitation, public speaking and community coalitions and partnership work.
Karen has been acknowledged for her many contributions…from being named Social Worker of the Year to recognition as One of Richmond’s Health Care Leaders. Health Brigade, under her leadership has received several awards recognizing its impact in the greater Richmond community. However, you won’t find Karen dwelling on accomplishments.
Rather, you will discover her interest in YOU and how WE together can transform our communities into healthy equitable spaces where all are welcomed and valued.
In 2016, Karen was named Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers: Virginia Chapter.