Karla Khodanian is the Birmingham Business Alliance’s manager of talent and higher education partnerships. Karla leads OnBoard Birmingham, a dedicated hub for talent attraction, retention and growth that promotes Birmingham as a great place to live and grow a career. In addition to her work with OnBoard Birmingham, she regularly engages with employers and human resources professionals across industries, connects with students, faculty and staff on college and university campuses and works on the BBA’s talent attraction and retention efforts. Karla graduated in 2014 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and minors in marketing and sociology. Prior to joining the BBA, Khodanian worked in marketing, communications and branding for Big Communications, Joonko Diversity Inc. and Dogtrot Studio. She also has worked as a communications consultant for six years, serving clients like The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, REV Birmingham, Leadership Birmingham and, even prior to her full-time work, the BBA. She has also contributed to such projects as the “BringAtoB” campaign for the Amazon HQ2 bid, Lyft’s “Ride for Alabama” grassroots initiative to pass statewide ridesharing legislation in Alabama and efforts to advance over a dozen nonprofit organizations around Birmingham. A native of Huntsville, Ala., Karla attended college in Birmingham and has enthusiastically remained in the Magic City ever since. She volunteers in Birmingham as the co-chair of the Youth Leadership Forum’s Arts Day and as the marketing co-chair for The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham’s annual Smart Party fundraiser. She is a deeply passionate civic advocate and prides herself on shopping local, living local and sharing the good news of the Magic City with anyone who will listen. In her spare time, Karla loves to cook, and you’ll often see her out and about running down the Rotary Trail to Railroad Park, hitting up happy hour at a brewery, or grabbing a bite with friends at one of her favorite local restaurants.
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