Vice President & Senior Associate


Karla Saunders is Vice President and Senior Associate and is based in Washington, D.C. She joined the firm in 2017, bringing expertise in nonprofit/advocacy and law school searches and rigor in placements of women and members and underrepresented groups. She also has experience in other disciplines of higher education. Prior to joining Diversified Search, Karla was at Isaacson, Miller.

Karla had previously worked on as a lobbyist concerned with whole-life issues, from preK-12 through higher education to employment and economic security planning for retiring employees. as well as promotion of diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She advocated at federal, regional, and state levels for the Girl Scouts of the USA and the American Chemical Society. She is also a former small-business entrepreneur. Karla received a BA in anthropology from the University of Virginia and has completed graduate study in urban planning and policy at The George Washington University.

BA, Anthropology, University of Virginia

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