Karla was born and raised in Virginia along the Potomac River, where she grew a passion for water as a swimmer and paddler. Her interest in nature and conservation was sparked while spending some of her childhood with family in Ecuador, where she 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. Her 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. Her passions lie in urban conservation, environmental equity, and diversity and inclusion. In her spare time, Karla started the Boston chapter of Feminist Bird Club, a national bird watching 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 Boston, MA, and is lucky to be able to bird watch, hike and paddle throughout New England. When not working or spending time outside, she loves to travel, write, DJ and enjoy everything a big city has to offer.