Carla Oleska of Chicopee, MA, is Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Elms College in Chicopee MA. Prior to her return to the Elms, she served as Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts for eight years. Prior to 2006 Oleska had a long and varied career in administration and teaching at Elms College. She has over 20 years of professional experience in creatively addressing the needs of women and girls, specializing in the design of programs enhancing academic preparation, higher education access, and degree completion. Her work on behalf of women and girls has been recognized both regionally and nationally.
Her civic involvement includes service on numerous boards and committees, including Board of Trustees of The Conway School, Girl Scouts of Central and Western MA, Board of Directors for Community Action of Franklin and Hampshire Counties, Hampden County Literacy Cabinet, and is co-founder of the Women’s Leadership Network.