Karen Steiner studied at the Jewish School in Mexico and was a counselor and later the head of the Jewish Scouts. After high school, Karen spent a year in Israel, including six months on a kibbutz, two months in marva (army course) and four months volunteering with Magen David Adom. Through this experience, Karen realized that she wanted to spend her life helping people. She studied nutrition and food science at the Universidad Iberoamericana. In 2006, she participated in a study abroad program in Australia. In 2007, she volunteered in an orphanage in Kenya and in 2008, Karen provided allied-health services to marginalized communities in Oaxaca by working as the nutritionist in a child development center. Karen is currently Executive Director at CADENA, an organization that delivers aid to people in need after a natural disaster. Cadena represents the Mexican Jewish community in a variety of projects. Karen works in alliance with project TEN of the Jewish Agency for Israel with volunteers from the Mexican Jewish community in different prevention programs and an educational program to raise awareness and promote activism.