Alaine Karoleff

Agile Project Manager
San Francisco, CA

About Alaine Karoleff

Alaine Karoleff joined CivicActions in 2014 as an Agile Project Manager / ScrumMaster. With her love for making lists and all things productive, she aims to keep projects running effectively with a transparent and painless process.

Alaine has had the pleasure of working with many great non-profits and educational institutes, including the University of Michigan Energy Institute, ACLU of Michigan, and the National Voices Project. Alaine skillfully held a bipartisan position between team members and the client teams to negotiate the best interest of all stakeholders. She was crucial in creating a collaborative and supportive work environment for her team, but also in confirming clients understood every detail of the project, and ensuring the scheduled deliverables were met.

Some of Alaine’s other clients include the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, numerous centers and departments with the University of Michigan, Gift of Life Michigan, Gene Codes, ACLU of Arizona, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and the Arab American National Museum.
Before joining the team, Alaine worked as the project manager at Inner Circle Media, a web development and marketing firm headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI. She also brings to the team her experiences gained from previously teaching high school English and speech/debate – which helped her become more efficient, attentive, flexible and reliable.

Alaine received her BA degree from Eastern Michigan University in secondary education with a minor in communication. She is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Outside of her Mac screen, Alaine likes to travel, explore photography, see as many live music shows as possible (and still make it to work the next day), and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Posts

A Day Without a Woman at CivicActions

Categories: Culture, Events|

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, we’re standing together with the women at CivicActions who choose to take the day off in support of women’s equality for “A Day Without a Woman”. The Women’s March movement was an amazing display of solidarity and support for women -- and it’s important [...]

Working in a Distributed Team Environment

Categories: Culture, How-To|

At CivicActions we are a completely distributed team with clients all around the globe. When I first tell people that I work in this environment, they think one of two things: 1) I can slack off all day lounging in my PJs or 2) that it must be awfully lonely working at home. I am sure that both of those instances can be true in some companies, but not in our case.

Avoiding “Scrum Buts”

Categories: Agile, Project Management|

I've been working on scrum teams for awhile now and I recently went through the Certified ScrumMaster course which provided a nice refresher. One take-away I want to share is the reminder to avoid performing "Scrum Buts" - this is the notion of practicing only portions of the Scrum process.