Kara Allen Soldati has dedicated her tiny spot in the world to leading, disrupting and developing things that make life better – – ensuring adequate access to critical services, meeting the needs of children, families and communities in historically under-resourced areas and creating systems and processes to enable the work to be efficient, effective and relevant now and into the future. Kara is honored to serve as United Friends of the Children’s President & CEO, where she leads a team of 61 staff to change the face of foster care in Los Angeles.

Kara’s most recent prior experience includes serving families in Los Angeles and the Bay Area as the Executive Director of CoachArt where she focused on creating inclusive learning communities for families battling childhood chronic illness. Prior to CoachArt, Kara served as the Chief Operating Officer of a large out-of-school-time provider in Southern California and worked and researched in both Uganda and Haiti. She also served as a Graduate School Fellow with Education Pioneers before joining the Education Pioneers team in Los Angeles. Kara was the Founding Program Director of C5 New England but truly realized her passion for the intersections of education in pursuit of uplifting individuals and communities after serving as a Special Education teacher in Oakland, California.

Kara completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University where she researched student perceptions of the implications of being labeled “at risk.” Prior to LMU, Kara graduated with her Masters of Social Work at University of Southern California, completed coursework for her Masters of Education, and obtained her Bachelors degree from Purdue University. Kara serves on the Board of Directors for CoachArt and is an alum of the Aspen-Pahara NextGen Fellowship. She lives in Northeast Los Angeles with her partner, two little ladies (a fierce daughter and a rescue dog) and a tribe of very brilliant young people.