Karen Andreas has dedicated her lifelong career to the betterment of the North Shore community — as a journalist, media publisher and as of Jan. 1, 2021, as president and CEO of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Leading the Chamber was a natural fit for Karen, who had been a longtime member of the Board of Directors and past chairman of the board. She came to The Chamber from North of Boston Media Group, where she led the region’s award-winning newspapers and magazines for decades. She also volunteers her time to numerous organizations, including the Salem State Board of Overseers, North Essex Community College Foundation Board, Essex Heritage Board of Trustees, and the Lawrence Partnership.
Karen is a cum laude graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a degree in English, specializing in journalism, and a minor in dance. She loves politics, leadership, gardening, and all-things sports — especially the New England Patriots and the Danvers High School Falcons. She and her husband, Mike, live in Danvers and have two grown sons, Nick and Matt, and two rescue dogs, Freedom and Independence.