Taking steps toward making your buildings perform better is about more than just establishing a "green" reputation.

High-performing buildings will be able to command a premium in the commercial real estate marketplace, while buildings that have poor energy scores will be harder to sell and command a lower price.

Commercial properties are your investment. To get the proper return on that investment, you need to take into account the energy performance of your buildings.
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About Karla

  • Leads CP Green, the green brokerage program of Capital Pacific, a national commercial real estate firm with sales of $7.13 billion in 49 states across the U.S.
  • A leader and frequent speaker for ICSC RetailGreen, the leading retail-focused green real estate conference in the U.S.
  • Co-chair of the 2013 ICSC RetailGreen Conference and member of the executive committee of the US Green Building Council's Bay Bridge branch.
  • Advisor to Cole Valley Partners, a boutique real estate investment and consulting firm that prioritizes investing in and repositioning assets into green buildings.


Director of Marketing • Stok
Apr, 2017 — Present
  • stok is your values-aligned partner in the co-creation and delivery of high performance spaces.
Director of Business Development • Capital Pacific
Sep, 2005 — 2017
  • Drives high level business development strategies and executes creative campaigns for nationally-recognized commercial real estate brand.
  • Helps commercial property owners navigate green building certification standards, incentives and legislation to maximize the value of their real estate.
  • Oversees strategic planning and corporate brand.
Marketing Manager • The Salvation Army
2002 — 2005
  • Developed several successful fundraising campaigns and led major donor projects.


Yale University
BA, Political Science, 2001
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