Karla is committed to closing the opportunity gap for Black and Latinx people. As the CEO of CODE2040, Karla leads an organization that equips Black, Latinx people, and their allies with the tools needed to dismantle the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy. Code2040 believes the Digital Revolution provides the biggest opportunity for equitable and structural change in the American economy since the Industrial Revolution and aims to train their community to navigate and lead that change through early career services, community mobilization, and knowledge sharing.
Karla has spent close to two decades focused on growing the people and program functions of rapidly scaling social enterprises driving youth advocacy and leadership. Prior to joining Code2040, she built the tools and ran the systems that supported the scale of healthcare non-profit, Health Leads. and did similar work in college access for low-income communities with national organizations College Summit, and College Track. Karla is currently a board member for Alluma a tech non-profit enabling the creation of pivotal technology necessary to build a path out of poverty. Karla is an alumnus of the University of Southern California.