Running For: Alumni Council

Karla Alvarez Abdullari, A ’87

Campaign Statement and Biography

Karla Alvarez is a Construction Project Manager at a premiere international construction and development firm (Lendlease) in New York City, and alumnae of both the Cooper Union School of Engineering and the NYU Construction Diploma Program. In keeping with her civil/ structural engineering background, Karla has made it her business to provide consistent and thorough construction coordination and management services for some iconic projects, including the Jacob
Javits Expansion, National September Memorial and Museum, Columbia University Mind Brain Institute, and the New York Museum of Natural History and Planetarium.

Although Karla is a native New Yorker, she was drawn to the small town of Rahway, NJ because of how it successfully combines its historic roots with a modern, yet diverse and inclusive vibe. Karla and her family have been Rahway residents for the past twenty-eight years. Like many working mothers, her family keeps her busy, but she still finds time to stay involved with the community. Karla, locally known as Coach Karla, leaned on her experience as a referee and adult soccer player to coach soccer for the Rahway Youth Soccer Association, and volleyball at local elementary schools.

Karla believes that to be a good citizen of this Universe, one should be mindful of your actions and move intentionally with regards to your contribution to the progression of the human race.

As founder of the ILOVE2READ Book & Literacy Organization, Karla promotes the love of reading through literacy-based programing and hosts a monthlong Festival throughout June that centers on a free community book swap with popup literacy activities, such as author readings, storytelling and spoken word. Tying into her respect for literacy, Karla now serves as the VP of Public Relations for the Rahway based Impact 21 Toastmasters club, which encourages members to improve communication, leadership skills and self-confidence. Karla also pursues her passion for empowering female entrepreneurs as the Chief Facilitator at SASS, Sisters Always Strive to Succeed LLC and remains and a member of her local NCNW-National Council of Negro Women. Through her work with these businesses, she hopes to inspire women to reach and surpass their wildest dreams in business and in life.