Carla Friedman is a native of Fargo, North Dakota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. For six years she served as the Youth Program Manager for the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was responsible for staffing the Governor’s Youth Commission which consists of fifty-two high school students from all of Arizona's fifteen counties. While at GOYFF she led the commission in volunteerism throughout the state and for three years in a row, Arizona has ranked number one in the world for youth-led service projects during Global Youth Service Day. She also served on the Arizona Commission on Service and Volunteerism and implemented the annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards reception. She currently serves as a State Commissioner for the Connecticut Commission on Community Service and is the Logistics Coordinator for the United Nations Youth Assembly at the Friendship Assembly Foundation in Greenwich, CT. In her free time she enjoys traveling, Pilates, yoga, and hiking.