Areas of Expertise: state policy, facilitation, communication
“Good policymaking requires good relationships and an ability to communicate new ideas while connecting them to the current policy landscape.”
As senior director of policy, Karla will lead the development and execution of KnowledgeWorks’ state policy strategy, partnering with states to transform their policy systems to support personalized learning.
Karla is a seasoned veteran in this work, previously serving as Policy Director for the Foundation for Excellence in Education where she built the organization’s next generation learning portfolio. She has also served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent at the Arizona Department of Education, as the Governor’s Education Policy Advisor and as the Vice-Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Prior to her appointment in the Governor’s Office, Karla served as the Director of State Government Relations for Arizona State University and began her career in education serving for seven years as a senior policy advisor for the Arizona House of Representatives.