Karla Alvarez, Speaker

Karla Alvarez (pronouns: she/ella) is the Equity and Inclusion Services Manager for San José Public Library, steering projects to better serve San José’s historically underrepresented and underserved communities. She is a seasoned nonprofit executive, with more than fifteen years of experience leading national and international projects to strengthen youth leadership, gender equity, immigrant justice and human rights. She has served as Executive Director of Mixteca Organization in Brooklyn, New York, and in other leadership positions for projects in Mexico, Guatemala, and other countries. She proudly supports Latinx community-building initiatives in Silicon Valley, also serving on the board of directors for Latino Leadership Alliance. Karla received her MA in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in International Relations from the University of San Diego.