Karla (they/them) was born and raised in Virginia along the Potomac River, where they grew a passion for water as a swimmer and paddler. Their interest in nature and conservation was sparked while spending some of their childhood with family in Ecuador, where they saw firsthand just how important it is to protect our natural resources and live in harmony with our lands.
Prior to joining River Network, Karla worked from the rural forests of Vermont to the busy downtown of Boston. Their career in conservation started at The Nature Conservancy, with a focus on land stewardship across Vermont and Wisconsin, and shifted to managing programming in urban parks at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and the Esplanade Association in Boston. Their passions lie in urban conservation and ecology and environmental equity. In their spare time, Karla helps run Feminist Bird Club, a national birding club that provides a safe opportunity to connect with the natural world while fundraising to protect the rights of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ folks, and women. Karla has a B.S. in Natural Resource Ecology from the University of Vermont.
Karla is based in Philadelphia, and is lucky to be able to bird watch, hike and paddle throughout the mid-atlantic. When not working or spending time outside, they love to travel, write, cook and enjoy everything a big city has to offer.