Karen Belanger, Vice President, Human Resources
Karen Belanger, Vice President of Human Resources, joined EAH Housing in 1997, and has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, predominantly in the affordable housing industry. Previously, she was a Fire and Casualty Broker-Agent licensed by the California Department of Insurance, specializing in assisting clients with workers’ compensation claims management and return-to-work programs.
As a National Merit Scholar, Ms. Belanger graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature from Villanova University. In 2001, she was certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute, completing an experience evaluation and rigorous examination of comprehensive knowledge in the field of Human Resource Management.
During her tenure at EAH Housing, Ms. Belanger has headed a team of dedicated professionals responsible for developing and implementing human resources policies and programs encompassing compensation, benefits, performance management, training, employee relations, payroll, recruiting and retention. She works closely with the rest of the leadership team to foster excellence, inclusion, productivity and fairness throughout EAH Housing.
Some of Ms. Belanger’s most significant contributions to EAH have included launching a new leadership training program; automating HR, timekeeping & recruiting systems; working with the Operations Department to cut workers’ compensation incurred losses in half over a two year period; and staffing a 172-unit building in 48 hours. However, she is most proud of the EAH Housing record of promoting from within the company, and the large percentage of long-term staff that has grown with the organization as it has expanded into new communities.