Karla Robles is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Be A Leader Foundation (BALF). In fact, Ms. Robles was the recipient of Be A Leader’s first college scholarship at Arizona State University and also participated in our Be A Leader Institute College program. Since then, she became an active volunteer and was instrumental in creating BALF’s first college-going program and mentor program. Her commitment to the organization’s mission allowed her to become Be A Leader’s first employee in 2008.
Karla has been a critical resource in helping Be A Leader establish and implement their entire PIPELINE of college-going programs now serving well over 3,200 students a year. In her current role, Karla is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s operational strategic and business plans while maintaining fiscal viability through understanding the short and long-term financial and human resource needs of the foundation. She has re-joined the Be A Leader team after a two-year hiatus in New York where she completed an MPA program at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. During her time away, Karla also had the opportunity to serve as an Education Policy Fellow for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) in Washington, DC. While at WHIEEH she was able to work on national issues impacting Latino students across the country and co-authored a report titled America’s Engine of Economic Growth Hinges on Latino Educational Success, which was included in the New American Alliance 2014 American Latino Agenda report.
Prior to joining the Be A Leader Foundation, Karla worked for the Hershey Company as a Retail Sales Representative carrying out the company’s marketing strategies throughout the State of Arizona. In May 2006, she received a Bachelor of Science in Global Business and Marketing from Arizona State University. She is currently on the board of the Phoenix Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, a board member for the Phoenix Teach for America Associate Board, a national Hispanics in Philanthropy NextGen fellow, a member of the 2011 National Hispania Leadership Institute Advancing Latinas in nonprofits program and is a proud graduate of Valley Leadership’s Class 30. Today, she continues to lead the charge of building a community of college-going students and personally mentors students throughout the Valley to reach their dreams of a college education.