Karla grew up in Long Beach, CA and was the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. Her experience growing up in a low-income immigrant family drives her passion for educational and economic equity. She currently works on the philanthropy team at Khan Academy, a nonprofit committed to ensuring that anyone—regardless of their background—has access to a free, world-class education. From early learning to SAT prep, Karla helps raise the funds necessary to provide free, personalized learning experiences to over 18 million learners in more than 190 countries. Prior to Khan Academy, Karla worked at The SMART Program helping low-income students in San Francisco become the first in their families to graduate from college. Karla has also taught at an under-resourced public high school in Baltimore as a Teach for America Corps Member.
Karla serves on the Board of Directors at Nuestra Casa and the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Latino Center Young Ambassadors Program. She is also a member of the Latino Community Foundation South Bay Giving Circle, a volunteer college coach for low-income students at ScholarMatch, and a mentor for first-generation low-income students at her alma mater. Karla is a 2018 Latino Board Leadership Academy Senior Fellow at the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and a 2018-2019 Rising Leaders Fellow at Teach For America.
Karla graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors and Johns Hopkins with a Master of Science in Education.