Doug Karr is President & CEO of Character.org, an organization that has been validating good character for 25 years. Character.org convenes groups around character initiatives, incubates resources through its exchange, and certifies individuals and aggregates of good character on a national and international level.
With almost 30 years of successful business leadership and community-building experience, Doug brings his vision and enthusiasm to this role, providing corporate direction, strategy and networks to validate good character around the world. Doug says, “Character is the ultimate success factor in any human endeavor. I’m passionate about Character.org because we are engaging individuals and resourcing communities that are transforming the world, one student, one team, one business, one community at a time.”
Before joining Character.org, Doug spent ten years with non-profit groups focused on building strong communities and helping the disenfranchised. A social and business entrepreneur, he also led several successful start-ups, including a non-profit 501c3 in the DC metropolitan area and a for-profit consulting firm that helped incubate and grow new ventures and small businesses. Doug began his career in healthcare and has held leadership positions at world-class universities and teaching hospitals as well as with private-sector business and information management firms. In 2001, he co-founded and led American Teleradiology Nighthawks (now Nighthawk Radiology Services (NASDAQ:NHWK), which was a pioneer in the telemedicine field. At the time, telemedicine was moving from an idea to a niche; now, telemedicine and medicine are one and the same. Throughout his career, Doug has firmly believed in the value of education, mentoring and cultivating new ideas to improve outcomes for individuals as well as organizations. Doug has mentored, coached and taught in various settings, including public and private schools as well as with various businesses and nonprofit organizations. He believes that providing leadership to the character development space is foundational to addressing the issues of our time.
Doug completed his undergraduate studies in Business and Psychology at Virginia Tech where he was also a swimmer. He received his Masters in Health Science with a concentration in Finance and Administration from The Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Doug and his wife Dana have been married for more than 25 years, and they have four young children who are passionate learners and avid athletes.