As Manager of OGBVP, Carla Collins created and is now implementing a plan for the County to effectively address the full spectrum of gender-based violence and abuse. Carla has more than a decade of experience on survivor-centered, trauma-informed policy, practice and evaluation to increase victim safety and batterer accountability. She started her County career 17 years ago coordinating the Network for a Hate-Free Community, growing a network of over 100 county agencies, local organizations, and community leaders to identify and implement initiatives to interrupt prejudice. She also worked in the County’s Office of Women’s Policy (OWP) on issues related to domestic violence, equal pay, work-life balance and leadership development. As Assistant Director for OWP, she informed and developed policies that focused on the needs of women and girls, particularly from marginalized communities, and earned state and national recognition for her work in leadership, economics, and justice reform.
In January 2019, Carla was honored to be appointed as Trustee 3 with the San Jose Unified School Board. She also proudly serves as First Vice President of her union, CEMA. Carla earned a degree in Philosophy with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies from Santa Clara University.