Carla holds a doctorate from Royal Roads University (2016), studying what makes nonprofits tick (organizational management) and how donor decisions influence nonprofits (philanthropy). She recently completed a Mitacs-funded research partnership with Development Action Canada, translating her doctoral research into leadership skills workshops.

With a passion for finding ways to enhance information flows and creating learning organizations, Carla Funk has a particular interest in leadership, capacity building, strategic planning, and board governance.

She has worked with diverse nonprofits for over 30 years. In B.C. she was on staff with, or consulted with, environmental, health research, children’s health, and First Nations organizations. She started her career in a famine in Ethiopia, later working on food security issues in Zimbabwe, and had an education focus in Switzerland.