Carla Ibarra (she/they) is a transgender rights activist, speaker, and public health professional with nearly a decade of community-centered work focusing on equity and justice in BIPOC LGBTQIA+ communities.
Before joining the LA Civil Rights Department, Carla served as a Health Program Analyst for the LA County Department of Public Health's HIV and STD Programs. She is also a former commissioner of our very own Transgender Advisory Council.
Carla was featured in "The Power of Kindness," a special documentary with Lady Gaga, in honor of World Kindness Day. In May 2022, she was a part of the first-ever MTV Mental Health Youth Action Forum held at the White House. As an advocate to transform mental health awareness into actual, tangible actions, Carla and other young leaders dialogued with US President Joe Biden, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, and mental health advocate and world-renowned artist Selena Gomez.
Carla holds a bachelor’s degree in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
Carla is a proud transgender Filipina immigrant born and raised in Metro Manila. She now resides in Los Angeles, California, with her beautiful husband and three awesome cats named Chubs, Meatball, and Meatloaf.