Karen Coltrane

CEO, EdVenture Children’s Museum


Karen Coltrane is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in economics.  After working her way through college as a supervisor at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, she served as a bank officer with regional bank before returning to work for William and Mary as the director of annual giving and a major gifts officer during the college’s $150 million Campaign for the Fourth Century.  Since leaving the college, she has served in external relations positions for healthcare, national trade and membership associations and human service organizations, and was the president and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Richmond for seven years.  There, she oversaw the opening of four satellites, making it the first children’s museum in the nation to have multiple locations. 

In 2015, she became the CEO of EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, SC.  In addition to her 26 years of professional work for non-profits, she has also been an active volunteer, including service as a regional president and member of the Board of Trustees of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America. She chaired the first Central Virginia Heart Gallery, served on the Board of Trustees of the Henrico Education Foundation and Richmond Regional Tourism and is currently a member of the Boards of Trustees of MEDARVA. She was named the Central Virginia YWCA’s 2012 Outstanding Woman of the Year in the category of Nonprofit Management.   Her husband, Rick, works for the Federal Department of Education in Washington, DC and their son, Sam, is a student at the College of Charleston.