In 2015 Becky joined NENA as an experienced executive director specializing in sustainable organizational development through an asset-based approach. Becky is passionate about increasing citizen involvement and has dedicated her career to building strong neighborhood organizations to ensure that community voices are heard. She is skilled at helping organizations and groups move their ideas to reality.
Her prior work experiences include serving as the executive director at the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA). During her time, she helped re-establish a struggling neighborhood association into a sector-leading nonprofit with a methodical plan connecting mission, governance, finances, fundraising, programs and organizational leaders and staff. She also served as a Community Builder for the East Side Neighborhood Development Company; Peace Corps Volunteer for three years, including serving as a Small Business Development and NGO Advisor in Togo, West Africa, and the Philippines; and also worked as a Government Affairs Specialist at ACA International, a national trade association.
Hired in 2016, Karla is a first-generation graduate of Augsburg University with a double major in Sociology and Metro Urban Studies. Living in North Minneapolis has shaped a large portion of who she is as a person, her beliefs and the career avenues she pursues.
Alongside residents, Karla has enacted positive changes in the Bossen area such as a new multi-use field at Bossen Field for neighbors to play soccer; the LatinX Youth Soccer League; new Metro Transit shelters at neighborhood bus stops; the very popular Bossen Renters Block Party; and direct conversations with elected officials and Minneapolis Police.
Karla believes that all people can make a difference in their community. To Karla, community organizing is not a one size fits all approach, but rather a learning and experimental process. She enjoys the challenge of getting to know communities and how she can assist with achieving their goals. She works to identify and support leaders in the Bossen area. As a place-based community organizer, Karla has the privilege of seeing the fulfillment of community-led changes and the satisfaction of being a part of the solution.