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Manager, Events and Stage Production

What would you be doing if you weren't working at JT/in public affairs?

I currently coach for the Maverick Swim Club in Naperville, but would love to put my event skills to use in planning Pro Swim Series or USA Olympic Trials.

Since joining JT in 2006, Karla has coordinated logistics for events including the Special Olympics Global Law Enforcement Torch Run, Dick Durbin’s Spring Leadership Dinner, the AFL-CIO Democratic Presidential Forum and the grand opening of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.

Karla served as the lead and liaison between the client and hotel during the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Opportunities Forum in Chicago. She also helped coordinate stage management and logistics for the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in 2012, the 2011 U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Opportunities Forum in Atlanta and the grand opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in 2009.

Internationally, Karla worked as the lead site advance in Khartoum, Sudan for President Carter during The Carter Center’s election monitoring trip in January 2011. Karla also helped coordinate site visits, lodging and transportation logistics for a delegation visiting Ethiopia from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2010.

Karla earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Ball State University.