Carla’s co-chaired Esperanza’s Development Committee since June of 2020, and brings a personal understanding of immigrant challenges and cross-cultural issues. Born in Acapulco, Mexico, Carla moved to California at thirteen, and eventually settled in Washington, DC. She believes education is key to achieving the American dream and is dedicated to providing resources to help immigrant students succeed.
As a Senior Associate in The Raben Group’s Government Affairs practice, she brings strong congressional and campaign experience to help her clients advance their policy priorities. At Raben, Carla works on a variety of issues including education, transportation, financial services, and civic engagement.
Carla serves as the Director of Government Affairs for the Friends of the American Latino Museum, a campaign to create a Smithsonian Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall. Under this role, Carla worked with Congressional champions, national organizations, and supporters to advocate for the passage of the National Museum of the American Latino Act, which was enacted into law in December 2020. Carla’s current work focuses on securing congressional appropriations for the project, while advocating for the location of the future museum.
Carla holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of California, Irvine.