Karla Lara

Director of Operations & Finance

Karla’s responsibilities include oversight of the organization's financial and fiscal aspects, providing leadership and coordination in accounting, human resources, administrative, business planning and budgeting processes, and supervising and liaising with the finance departments of ACT’s country program offices. In addition, she is a member of the senior management team, participating in the strategic and operational decision-making processes of the organization as well as the implementation and monitoring of the strategic plan. Karla joined ACT in 2007 as Controller, became Director of Finance in 2009, and was promoted to Director of Financial Operations in July 2011.


Karla has more than 13 years of experience in the accounting, audit and financial management fields. Prior to ACT, Karla worked at the Inter-American Dialogue. Before working in the nonprofit industry, Karla spent four years working with the Audit Division of Ernst & Young. She was born in Oakland, California, but grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. Karla holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, and is a CPA candidate.