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President & Interim CEO
Southwest Michigan First
Website: Southwest Michigan First
As President & Interim CEO of Southwest Michigan First, Carla leads the organization’s strategy with the focus on job growth, leadership development and shared prosperity. Several of the key initiatives include business retention, expansion and attraction programs, small business and entrepreneurship programs and leadership development programs. Carla also serves as the president and managing partner of Consultant Connect which is a consulting practice owned and operated by Southwest Michigan First with an expertise in site location consultant engagement and events.
Carla has over 20 years of experience championing community development. Prior to joining Southwest Michigan First, Carla served as the Assistant Director at a non-profit organization, Prevention Works, which develops and implements innovative and high impact programming for historically underserved youth and families.
Carla graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Community Health Education.