Karla Pleitéz Howell is a public interest lawyer with experience in direct client services, systems change, and advocacy. She is currently the Director of the Advancement Project’s Education team and is responsible for managing operations. In addition, Karla works with key stakeholders to identify education priorities to assure equity in California’s education system. Prior to joining the Advancement Project, Karla was the Supervising Attorney for Public Counsel’s Early Care & Education Law Unit. She offered legal advice to small businesses and nonprofits; advocated for increased child care facilities throughout Los Angeles County; and led policy work in the Southeast cities to increase green space and educational opportunities for young children. Karla also worked as the Directing Attorney for El Rescate Legal Services, a nonprofit focused on assisting families with immigration legal issues. Karla began her legal career as a law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Karla attended UCLA as an undergraduate and holds a J.D. from U.C. Hastings.