Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
326 Mumford Hall
1301 W Gregory Dr MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Karen Chan works on special projects with the Consumer Economics team, including the Plan Well - Retire Well blog and the 2014 revision of the All My Money train-the-trainer curriculum.
Chan was previously an Extension Educator in Consumer Economics for eighteen years, serving the greater Chicago area including Lake and McHenry Counties. In that role, Chan developed numerous publications, web sites, and workshops. Many of her educational materials and programs are available on the web, including Tax Breaks for Higher Education (http://urbanext.illinois.edu/taxbreaks/) and Choosing a Financial Professional (http://web.extension.illinois.edu/financialpro/).
Chan holds a master's degree in family and consumption economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech.
Chan received the Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence Award in 2009. She was named the 2007 Educator of the Year by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, and received the 2003 Professional Staff Award for Excellence in Innovation and Creativity from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She is a member of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, the Financial Planning Association, and the Eastern Family Economics-Resource Management Association. She is an academic affiliate with the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.