P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Karla Buitrago, 2001

Policy Director, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

Karla Buitrago is an immigrant from Nicaragua

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MPA in Public Policy at University of Texas at Austin

KARLA BUITRAGO is the policy director at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. Previously, she was the prevention director at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina.

Karla was born in Leon, Nicaragua. Seeking asylum from the war, her family lived in Honduras before settling in New Orleans.

Karla completed her BA magna cum laude in history and political science, at Loyola University. She received an MPA from University of Texas at Austin, in 2003.

Concerned with rights of women in relation to domestic violence and reproductive choice, Karla led programs at Loyola University in New Orleans.Following her undergraduate studies, Karla worked for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as public affairs director for Medical Students for Choice, and as communications manager at University of California at Berkeley's Public Health Institute. She has also previously worked as the chief of staff for State Representative Mark Strama in Austin, TX and as the communications director for Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton of North Carolina.

  • MPA Public Policy | University of Texas at Austin 2003
  • BA History | Loyola University New Orleans 1996
Work History
  • Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, Policy Director | May 2018 - PRESENT
  • Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, Prevention Director | May 2017 - May 2018
  • Deloitte, Senior Communications Consultant | July 2015 - May 2017
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