Karla joined the MassBioEd team in 2018 as the Manager of Labor Market Research, and later became the Director of Talent & Workforce Development. In 2021 she launched the first two registered apprenticeship programs which created pathways for new talent to enter the fields of biomanufacturing and clinical trial administration. Now, as the Senior Director of the Life Sciences Apprenticeship Program, she is responsible for the growth and expansion of this apprenticeship model into new career pathways and to a wider geographic area. Prior to joining MassBioEd, Karla worked both in the biotechnology industry and in academia. Karla holds a BA in Chemistry from Smith College, an MS in Biotechnology, and an MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.