Director of Organizational Initiatives
Karla works collaboratively with Arnold Ventures’ senior team, contributing to high-priority initiatives, special projects, and team development.
Over the past four years, Karla served as board liaison and then as Laura and John’s chief of staff. Prior to that, she was a program analyst and later manager for the Public Accountability team, where she identified investment opportunities and managed grant-making across several of Arnold Ventures’ issue areas.
Before joining Arnold Ventures, Karla provided research and outreach support for the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC), where she advocated for legislative change on immigrants’ rights. She was also recognized as a Fels Public Policy Challenge finalist for her proposal on improving the walkability of Philadelphia for senior citizens. Before her involvement with PICC, Karla was an integral part of the management team of the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia.
Karla holds a bachelor's degree from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela, and a master's degree in social policy from the University of Pennsylvania.