Carla was born and raised in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles by her Mexican single mother. After more than a decade working in a clothing factory in LA she motivated herself to attend community college—eventually transferring to UC Santa Cruz where she double majored in Sociology and Feminist Studies. She is one of the foremost thinkers to highlight Latinx masculine identity in relation to Mexican paisa cultural ties.
After graduating, Carla became active in the social justice movement that brought attention to Racial and Gender Justice with a focus on transforming the privileges of masculinity, gender, and race. While working as an organizer, Carla found her passion in the world of finance and realized that there were a lack of Queer People of Color accountants within the social justice movement. She embarked on a path to pursue accounting and aspires to pave the way and inspire more people of color to enter the finance field.
Carla brings her love of numbers and experience in grassroots organizing to Power California. When not working, you can find Carla cycling, dancing, and learning new sierreñas songs on her guitar.