Carla Montilla is the program assistant for sustainable energy and environment for 2023-2024. In her role, Carla lobbies Congress to pass policies that create a green economy and address climate change. Her work revolves around addressing the critical intersections of climate change, racial justice, conflict, migration, and human rights.
Carla graduated from American University’s School of International Service with a master’s degree in Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights. During her time as a graduate student, Carla wrote her Capstone project on human rights and environmental due diligence in the seafood industry. She also served as a policy research associate for Lawyering Peace, a semester-long research program in partnership with the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), drafting client-ready policy memoranda and conducting negotiation simulations on international policy issues with an emphasis on the Ukraine-Russia context. She also holds degrees in History and Political Science from the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Before joining FCNL, Carla was a research assistant at American University and worked as a junior associate at Mercury Public Affairs. She also interned at the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (focusing on nuclear Issues). In her free time, Carla enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles; finding additions for her pin collection; learning about coffee; and exploring Washington, D.C., to the soundtrack of a good playlist.