Karla Cordero is the Chief of Staff at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, serving a critical role in facilitating change management and strategic direction in alignment with the mission and vision of the organization while ensuring a culture of collaboration and teamwork. Prior to joining WE ACT, over the last 12 years, Karla served in various capacities in New York City government, developing and implementing policies and programs serving underserved communities through the lens of social services, sustainability, and economic development. This included leading citywide response efforts during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, establishing an emergency food reserve program serving over 18 million meals to New Yorkers, managing teams in administering contracts that provided client-centered services to over 50,000 New Yorkers, and implementing large-scale sustainability and resiliency projects across New York.
She holds a BA in Political Science from Fordham University and an MPA from the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. Karla is a native New Yorker and resides in Washington Heights with her husband and son. Her personal lived experience has driven her passion towards playing a role in advancing the environmental justice movement.