Ph.D. Candidate, Urban Planning, University of California at Los Angeles
Master of Urban Planning, New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
B.A., Urban Studies, San Francisco State University
Karna is proud to call Oakland, California her hometown. Her urban planning career includes working in diverse west and east coast cities--San Francisco, Washington, DC, and New York City. She currently attends UCLA as an Urban Planning Doctoral Candidate specializing in housing and community development.
Her academic background in urban planning began at San Francisco State
University (SFSU) and later continued at New York University (NYU).
After graduating from NYU, Karna relocated to Washington, DC and worked
on Capitol Hill for the U.S. House of Representatives. She then began
her career with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) and worked in the Office of Policy Development and Research in
Washington DC, Office of Housing's Homeownership Center in Santa Ana,
and Office of Community Planning and Development in San Francisco. At
HUD, Karna's projects included funding housing and services for the
homeless, developing trainings for government and nonprofit
organizations, and producing national housing policy and research
"I chose to attend UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs because of its emphasis on social justice, community activism, and engaged scholarship. I thrive in diverse places like Los Angeles with the multicultural neighborhoods, people, and food."