SVP, Administration Comcast
Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Senior Vice President of Administration for Comcast
Corporation, leads a variety of corporate functions, including corporate real
estate, facilities, aviation, diversity, political affairs, corporate services,
travel and security. Karen is the executive in charge of development of
Comcast’s new Innovation and Technology Center, and previously oversaw the
development of Comcast’s Corporate Headquarters.
From 2000 to 2003, Karen established Comcast’s first corporate communications
infrastructure, unifying communications for the entire family of Comcast
In 1997, then-Mayor Edward G. Rendell appointed Karen as President of Philadelphia 2000,
the organization that brought the 2000 Republican National Convention to
Philadelphia and served as the City’s official Host Committee. The Convention
attracted 50,000 visitors and won national and international media attention.
Immediate economic benefits exceeded $300 million.
Karen served as Sales Executive for Comcast-Spectacor from 1993 to 1997, to develop
the Wells Fargo Center. In 1991, Karen headed up the development of the Pyramid
Club at the top of the Mellon Bank Center. Karen was the Club’s Membership
Director and sole corporate representative in Philadelphia of Club Corporation
Karen served as Special Assistant to State Treasurer Barbara Hafer during her 1990
gubernatorial bid. From 1988-1990, Karen was Special Assistant to United States
Senator John Heinz, in Washington, D.C.
Karen received her M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She is a 1988
graduate of Dickinson College and the Dickinson Center for European Studies in
Karen serves on Beneficial Bancorp Inc.’s Board of Directors and on the Boards of
many civic and charitable organizations, including: Board of Directors,
Executive Committee and 2014 – 2015 Campaign Co-Chair for United Way of Greater
Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey; Germantown Academy; Pennsylvania
Conference for Women; Chair, Board of Governors of the Pyramid Club; Greater
Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Paradigm Award and Scholarship Committee; and
University of Pennsylvania’s Trustees’ Council of Penn Women.
Karen recently served on additional boards, including the Abington Health Foundation,
American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate Southeastern Pennsylvania;
Pennsylvania Ballet (Secretary and Executive Committee Member); People’s
Emergency Center; and The Forum of Executive Women.
Karen has received numerous awards, including: 2014 United Way of Greater
Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Women’s Initiative Award; NAMIC-Philadelphia
2012 Paragon Award, 2012 Multichannel News Wonder Women Award, 2011 WICT
Seasoned Professional Service Award, 2009 Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in
Business Award, 2008 American Heart Association “Go Red for Women”
Woman of Heart Award, 2000 Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business
Journal, Headliner Award by the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, Comcast
Newsmaker of the Year Award, Girl Scouts of America Take the Lead Award, Boy
Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Council’s 2000 Summit Award, Honorary
Member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the PENJERDEL
Council Citizen of the Year.