Karina Salazar

Karina Salazar

Karina greets every day with hope and enthusiasm. Drawn to work that involves a lot of moving parts, she enjoys seeing how they are interconnected and how to make them more effective. Among her biggest strengths is creating harmony, and she constantly finds opportunities for effective collaboration and innovation. She values the positivity that drives pLink and is passionate about doing good work in the world around mindful leadership.

As Finance Manager, Karina enjoys building relationships with clients based on trust and honesty. She also enjoys getting programs up and going and works hand in hand with our CEO. Her work on the backend launches every project — she’s the one to punch the green light in the project pipeline. Growing into the role suits her core value around a love of learning. Karina graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in marketing and has had five years of experience in finance and accounting. She has primarily worked with small businesses and community outreach programs.

When she’s not working, Karina enjoys trying out new recipes, decorating (and redecorating) her apartment, visiting museums, and searching out the best parks and open spaces in Chicago.

Q&A with Karina

Where I grew up:  Chicago, IL

My family: I was raised by two immigrant parents who have established their lives and family here. I have two younger brothers and one older sister. Last but not least is my grandma, “Abuela,” who’s always lived with us. We also have a rescue Chihuahua, Luna-Can-Of-Tuna.

My favorite music: Soul, reggae, and Latin music.

My favorite foods: Anything that’s under the “Lunch Special” category on menus. Something about having a little bit of everything I want to try makes it my favorite thing to eat! 

My favorite cocktail: A mocktail or French 75 over conversations.

What I like to do in my spare time: You will find me outside in nature or on the next adventure with my family or friends.

My first job: Sales representative at Abercrombie & Fitch

Something no one would believe about me: I’ve worked every summer for 10 years on a dairy farm.

The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.

Fabienne Fredrickson