Karla supports our continued work in Oakland through partnerships and client services.  Karla is passionate about small businesses and economic development. While her professional background is a mix of business and public policy, her career has been primarily focused on small business finance.  Prior to joining Main Street Launch Small Business Finance, Karla worked with small businesses and startups to get the capital they need to grow and succeed.  She is constantly searching for innovative ways to help small businesses prosper.

Karla holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.  In her spare time, Karla enjoys running, lifting, cooking, photography and traveling. She is a native Spanish-speaker and is on a mission to find the best panaderia in Oakland.