Karl Binns

Director, Diversity & Inclusion

Karl Binns is a nationally recognized advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion and currently serving as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Manufacturing Institute. In his past role in the corporate sector, Karl served as a Human Resources Business Partner where he led strategy and execution for Future Talent and DEI in the U.S. for Merck Animal Health.

Karl has a decade of experience in leadership roles in non-profits, private sector, and higher education. In his past roles, he served as Coordinator of the Agriculture Center of Excellence for the Penn State- Small Business Development Center. He also held multiple leadership roles within the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in recruitment and institutional advancement. Karl is a workforce development expert with a specialty in cultivating talent from underserved communities.  He is a former national officer of Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)  and founder of both the Maryland- Junior MANRRS Leadership Institute and Maryland World Food Prize Youth Institute. These programs reached well over 1200 high school and college students in the MidAtlantic.

Mr. Binns is a proud HBCU graduate, a LEAD Maryland Class X Fellow, Herrsching International Seminar Fellow and a Climate Reality Action Fellow