Meet Carla

Carla is an Oregon native, raised in Multnomah County. Growing up in a working class home, her family valued strong work ethic and a strong sense of family. Carla's father built the house they lived in and they rarely missed a meal together. 

Through school Carla was an active student & athlete. She was involved in pep club, girls league, field hockey, basketball, softball, and is even honored in the Willamette University Athletic Hall of Fame. This experience taught her the value of community and working as a team to accomplish any goal. In her junior year of high school, Carla attended Oregon Girls State where her passion for civics and public service first began to materialize. 

Carla was the first member of her family to receive a college degree, graduating from Willamette University with degrees in Political Science & Speech.  Carla's interest in law enforcement was peaked during her time in college. Focusing her senior project on law enforcement, she did an internship with the Oregon State Police. It was during her internship that the Oregon State Police hired their first women troopers and she had the opportunity to observe the work of these women. This experience not only allowed her to witness the challenges involved with being a "first", it also showed her that she was ready for that challenge. 

In 1979, Carla began working for the Gresham Police Department, where she served for 30 years. She was the first women to be promoted through every rank of the Gresham Police Department, including Chief of Police. Carla served as the Chief of Police for six years before retiring. In her time as Chief, Carla helped keep our kids safe through funding School Safety Officers and she also helped secure $1.5 million to fund the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team to combat gang crime in our community. Carla was dedicated to transparency and accountability, she managed a budget of over $21 million dollars. She knows first hand that government needs to be efficient and effective in order to better serve Oregon’s taxpayers and maximize funding for services Oregonians need.

Throughout her career, Carla always remained involved in our public schools. She spends time in classrooms across Gresham and even volunteers as the announcer for the girls basketball games. This involvement over the years inspired Carla to run for the Gresham Barlow School Board, where she is now serving her second term. Carla has always believed that children with greater educational opportunities can avoid making the tragic choices that can harm a young person’s life. She proud to sit on the school district's Equity Board, which ensures that all students in our community get access to a quality public education. 

In addition to her work with the Gresham Police Department & the Gresham Barlow School Board, Carla has always made community service a priority. Her work on several philanthropic boards, including Human Solutions and the Salvation Army, has taught her about the importance of a holistic approach to tackling the problems of poverty. Too often governments and organizations address the problems of public safety, education, economic development and poverty in separate silos, rather than understanding the interconnections of these issues. Carla's experience and understanding of these issues makes her the best candidate to take them on in the legislature. 

With all that Carla has accomplished, she is most proud of raising a bright, healthy, kind, and intelligent daughter name Kate. Kate graduated from Willamette in 2015 and now is a teacher in New Jersey to at-risk youth.  

Carla has dedicated her life to ensure the safety of our community, advocate for a first class education for our children, support essential service for families in need, and promote policies that create a local economy that supports Oregon families. In her first term Carla's successes include, securing funding for education and after-school programs for at-risk youth in East County, working with women veterans to create the state's first Oregon Women's Veteran Coordinator, and fighting to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers to name a few. She will continue to work every day in Salem to represent and serve the community she calls home. 

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