Kara Allen Soldati Chief Executive Officer
Kara serves as Umoja's Chief Executive Officer.
Dr. Kara Allen Soldati comes to Umoja after serving as the President & CEO of United Friends of the Children, where she has been leading a team of 61 staff to support young people in foster care and alumni of care on their journey to self-sufficiency. She has more than 10 years of executive management and strategic development experience in addition to her time as a teacher and social worker.
Prior to her current role, Kara served as Executive Director of CoachArt, where she now serves on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Executive Committee. Kara was also the Chief Operating Officer of a large out-of-school time provider in Southern California, served as a Graduate School Fellow with Education Pioneers before joining the Education Pioneers team in Los Angeles and was the Founding Program Director of C5 New England. Kara now serves on the Board of Directors of Black & Brown Futures, an organization utilizing technology as a public servant to equity and is an alum of the Pahara NextGen Fellowship.
Kara completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University. Prior to LMU, Kara graduated with her Masters of Social Work at the University of Southern California, completed coursework for her Masters of Education, and obtained her Bachelor's degree from Purdue University.