Karin Pleasant is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Trade & Row. Karin is responsible for program development and execution, with the primary focus on building collaborative relationships with other organizations and art practitioners to strengthen the effect of programming. The concept behind Trade & Row is documented in “Help Me Help You: Finding a Niche in an Overcrowded Nonprofit Community” as part of the anthology Women of Color in Leadership: Taking Their Rightful Place (Birkdale Publishers, 2010).
Since fall 1999, Karin has worked with artist Isabelle Lutterodt under the name of M.U.L.E., a curatorial partnership that explores social issues through art production and critical essays. Recent work includes the paper presentation “Walking the Line: American Tradition and the Meaning of Multicultural Identity” at the Multiculturalism and Beyond conference series at the University of Bielefeld, Germany (2009) and photo/text piece a tale of two cities, exhibited in the Blacks In and Out of the Box exhibition at the California African American Museum (2007).
In addition, Karin is Assistant Director and principal dancer with Tropicaleiza, an afro-samba dance troupe led by Julie Simon, and its partner nonprofit, Com-Passion in Motion. She is also a freelance instructor assistant/performer of Lindy Hop. Karin holds a BA in Communications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; MFA in Writing from California Institute of the Arts; and MBA from Pepperdine University.
She is currently pursuing an MSW at the University of Southern California with the goal of becoming a LCSW and certified DMT to do movement therapy with various populations, including survivors of sexual assault. Karin is a native of Flint, MI, and since August 1996 has resided in Southern California.