Carla was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and will always consider that part of the world home. As a kid who typically received the “pleasure to have in class but talks too much” feedback on her report card, Carla has always been inclined to the field of communication. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and as a Top Ten Senior in 2021 from the University of Texas at El Paso, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication. Prior to COVID, she frequently traveled throughout the nation competing in public speaking and interpretation for the UTEP Speech and Debate team, where she won many accolades for talking to people.
Outside of work and school, Carla finds fulfillment in volunteering for social movements and causes in her community, especially for immigrant advocacy and reproductive justice groups.
Before joining the ACLU-NM team, she was previously the (first ever) Legislative Communications Coordinator at Texas Civil Rights Project, where she reported on the major legislative movements throughout the 88th lege session in Texas. From crafting memes, curating social media feeds, or driving elaborate campaigns, Carla enjoys doing it all!
Her hobbies include: learning new things, training dogs, journaling, cooking pasta, playing sims, and consuming period piece dramas.
Fun fact: her first comms “gig” was in the 8th grade when she admin'ed a relatively large Harry Potter fan page on Facebook in her free time.