Karen Land Short hails from Austin, Texas, where she was raised on taco trucks before taco trucks were a thing. After graduating from the University of Virginia and the VCU Brandcenter, she migrated west to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco. While there, she helped build brands like got milk?, Haagen-Dazs, Doritos, Kayak.com and HP, winning gold at Cannes, One Show, Art Director’s Club, D&AD and Effies along the way. In her almost six years at Droga5, Karen and her partner Casey Rand have created award-winning campaigns for Prudential, Newcastle Brown Ale, Under Armour, the Clinton Foundation, Hillary for America, the YMCA, the National Women’s Law Center, and Chase. Most notably, their “Equal Payback Project” for the National Women’s Law Center won a Cannes Gold Glass Lion and a Gold Clio, and Prudential’s “Challenge Lab” won a Cannes Titanium Lion and a Gold Andy.
Karen has been a Cannes Young Lion, was named to Business Insider’s Most Creative Women in Advertising, and Casey and Karen were most recently honored as two of the Adweek Creative 100.