Meet the Director
Learn more about the Pageant Executive Director, Karen Roberson.
Karen, a Compton California native, was an honor student at California State University Dominguez Hills where she received her Bachelor of Art Degree in Theater Arts and Communication. She also obtained an Associate Art Degree in Early Childhood Education from Los Angeles Southwest Community College. With over 15 years of experience as an Artistic Director and Community Service Specialist, Karen worked for both the City of Carson and the City of Santa Monica providing performing arts programs to some of the cities most brightest and talented kids. Karen also served in the City of Compton where she was the Program Director for the Star Program providing after school enrichment programs at Tibby Elementary School in areas such as Math, Science, Art, Theater, Music and Dance for over 100 motivated participants daily.
Empowering youth around her and helping communities across Southern California have always been her mission and passion. That gave her the inspiration to create the Miss Greater West Coast Scholarship Pageant to continue in those same efforts to help teens and young adults pursue and achieve their educational goals while giving back to the community and providing a platform for them to be recognized.
Not only is Karen an advocate for youth and young adults, she is the Founder and President of Mahogany Stars Inc, a 501(c)(3) federally tax exempt nonprofit organization providing programs for youth and young adults in underserved communities such as community building, financial literacy, communication skill building, self advocacy, community outreach, self awareness, educational assistance, scholarships and more. She also is the Owner and CEO of Mahogany Girl Productions LLC. MGP is a performing arts and community event based production company bridging performing arts, community, education and entertainment together on one platform in efforts to change the world one project at a time. MGP host community and charity events fostering community involvement and positive change in the spirit of love and unity.
A consummate singer, actress and producer, some of her stage credits include ‘Before It Hits Home’, ‘The Crowded Room’, ‘Talking Bones’ ‘African Company Presents Richard III’, ‘The Vagina Monologues’, ‘Intimate Apparel’ ‘Meetin in the Ladies Room’, ‘Flyin’ West’ ‘The Conversation’ and ‘Roxy’ to name a few. Karen has also been featured in films such as “The Last Man Standing” Carte Blanche” and “Cut”. In her most notable performance, she worked with Jo Marie Payton (Harriet Winslow, ‘Family Matters’ ABC Network) and starred in her One Woman Show, ‘The Drama That Surrounds Me, The Incomplete Autobiography of Jo Marie Payton’ which had a successful run in Los Angeles and was also featured in the Miami Theater Festival.
She’s sung at various venues, including Hollywood’s ‘The Sunset Room’, Leimert Park’s ‘5th Street Dicks’, ‘The Wilshire Ebell’ ‘The Fox Theater’ ‘The World Stage’ ‘The Conga Room’, The Shrine Auditorium and Hollywood’s House of Blues. Her acting will captivate you, her singing will move you and her contributions to others and the communities she serves will inspire you!
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