Karla brings experience with program coordination and research on topics such as education reform, immigrant communities, intersectional feminism, voter suppression, and how to support first gen, low-income students navigating higher education. Karla graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a major in Sociology and a minor Legal Studies. Prior to her role at Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, Karla worked at the Division of Equity and Social Justice with the County of Santa Clara.Karla is a first-generation Latina from the East Side of San Jose and is the oldest and first in her family to graduate from college. Karla’s commitment to her community is rooted in her experience of seeing the way her community is disproportionately affected by systematic inequalities and pushed away from receiving access to quality education, healthcare, food, housing, and social and economic resources. Karla is committed to serve, advocate, and amplify the voices of her community.