Karen J. Burns

Audit Partner

Karen has over 30 years of public accounting experience including Big Four (PwC, KPMG) as well as serving as an assurance partner at Sensiba LLP for more than 15 years. Over the course of her career, she has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to helping businesses minimize their risks, capture opportunities, and navigate the complexities of a dynamic marketplace.

Karen is passionate about serving mission driven, purpose led organizations who are using business as a force for good. This passion led to her current role as practice leader for Sensiba’s ESG and Sustainability services. Karen believes sustainability should be at the core of every business strategy, and she combines financial knowledge with a deep understanding of environmental and social impacts to provide clients with actionable and profitable sustainable solutions. While she serves clients in a variety of industries, she has a particular passion for and extensive experience in the manufacturing and food & beverage sectors.

With a commitment to empowering women, and as a recognized industry leader, she was awarded the: (1) San Francisco Business Times’ Women of Influence; (2) California Society of CPAs Women to Watch; and (3) YWCA’s Tribute to Women.  Additionally, Karen raised more than $100,000 for the Avon Foundation’s 39.3 mile Walk to End Breast Cancer over 14 consecutive years.


Insights from Karen J. Burns


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Sustainability Imperative: Delivering Bottom-Line Impacts and Risk Mitigation for CEOs


Managing Cash Flow in the Age of Supply Chain Disruption


What the New Lease Standard Means for the Food and Beverage Industry


Private Company Council