Operational Strategy and Execution; Non-Profit Board Development
Karla brings a unique balance of operational leadership depth, financial acumen, and strategic agility, with an emphasis on evaluation, problem-solving and implementation. With over 20 years of expertise in the social impact arena across various sectors (non-profit, university, NYC Government), she has led large, multi-location offices and teams, providing strategic leadership as well as day-to-day operations management.
Karla brings a disciplined business approach stemming from her finance background. She has worked through significant operational complexity in her career, most recently in her role at the Anti-Defamation League, where she was responsible for the success of 27 regional offices, while also setting strategic direction across the organization.
Karla pioneer’s agency-wide organizational changes by focusing on fiscal, programmatic and staff performance. She drives accountability by building key metrics and implementing performance management systems to create ownership and greater organizational effectiveness. When she believed the events-driven fundraising approach to the social sector was no longer a viable revenue approach, she pushed for earned income and corporate gift strategies, and guided the organization through this transition.
Additional areas of expertise include board development and donor relations, as well as serving as a performance coach, mentor, and advisor to both staff and board members.
Karla has an MBA in Finance from Fordham University, has worked at the Anti-Defamation League, The New School University and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and has done consulting work with various social impact organizations for the Taproot Foundation. She is currently on the boards of the Man Up Campaign and the New York Cycling Club.