Karla is the Executive Director for the YWPN Institute. She began her time at the Young Women’s Preparatory Network as Chief Program Officer, bringing her education and non-profit background to the Network. Previously, she served as Chief Program Officer at Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas where she oversaw the program delivery for more than 1,000 girls at four Girls Inc. centers and other locations. She helped increase the number of girls served by more than 40% with innovative outreach and program delivery methods.
Karla taught in The Public Schools of Brookline, Massachusetts, as an elementary world language teacher, where she supported the development of curriculum and cultural resources, mentored new teachers and served as a lead teacher in her school. She served as a member of the National Girls Inc. Latina Initiative Pilot and Eureka! Summit Planning Committee to ensure Latinas were exposed to STEM careers.
Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, she has lived in Chihuahua, Mexico, Dallas, Texas, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Boston, Massachusetts. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College. Karla is married to Michael and is a mother to two boys, Matthew and Andrew. She enjoys spending time with her family traveling.