Karla Lawrence

Sr. VP of Community Initiatives

Karla Lawrence

Karla Lawrence serves as the Senior Vice President of Community Initiatives for United Way of Central Alabama. She leads United Way’s initiatives and direct programs providing services statewide in the areas of Health, Education, Financial Stability and Access to Services/Crisis Response.

She earned her Master of Science in counseling and psychology and Bachelor of Science from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. She was elected to Chi Sigma Iota’s Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society.

She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has spent the majority of her career working for nonprofit, social service agencies focusing on child and family advocacy. She has more than 15 years of nonprofit management experience. During her career, she assisted United Way with long-term recovery efforts in Central Alabama providing case management to tornado victims. In addition, she was employed at two United Way partner agencies prior to starting her employment with United Way in 2015.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for two of United Way of Central Alabama’s subsidiaries (Community Partnership of Alabama and Priority Veteran). Prior to assuming her current role, she worked as the Vice President of Community Initiatives at United Way.

She has been married for 18 years to JD Lawrence, an attorney at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP in Birmingham, AL and is mother to Emma Kate, age 13 and John Karter, age 6.