Karla Pita Loor is the Television Academy Foundation’s Chief Development Officer, bringing to that role two decades of experience in strategic partnerships, philanthropy, and non-profit management. She leads the Foundation’s strategic development efforts and oversees partnered programs to fulfill the organization’s mission to shape the future of television while preserving its rich history. Karla has led transformative fundraising efforts across Los Angeles, working with industry sponsors, individual philanthropists, and foundations to raise over $100 million dollars to support charitable causes.
Karla has been instrumental in elevating the impact and profile of the Television Academy and its Foundation. As the chief partnership broker for the Academy’s $40 million New Destination Campaign, Karla negotiated the investments of industry leaders such as Dolby Laboratories, LG, Netflix, Haim Saban, Time Warner Media, the Walt Disney Company, and many more, thereby transforming the Academy campus with the opening of the Saban Media Center and Wolf Theatre. During her tenure, she has significantly increased support across all of the Foundation’s education and preservation programs and launched The Power of TV, the Foundation’s first public program. Through panel conversations with creators, executives, performers and policy experts, The Power of TV explores the medium’s potential to promote positive social change through compelling story-telling and inclusivity on-screen and behind the scenes.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Karla focused on institutional advancement, organizational development, and strategic communications within the educational and entertainment space. She served as Director of Development at Rolling Hills Preparatory School and Associate Director of Donor Relations at Marlborough School. Karla’s advocacy work within the entertainment industry began at the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media, where she oversaw education programs and industry relations.
Karla received her Masters of Arts from University of California, Los Angeles, and her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in North Carolina. She lives in Culver City, California with her husband, Kevin Kitchel, and their two children, Viviana and Estela.