Carly Koen

Senior Director of Donor Relations

Carly Koen is the Director of Donor Relations for United Way of Northwest Louisiana.  Her primary role with the organization is stewarding donors and helping connect their philanthropic interests with needs in the community.  Carly loves working with donors to help people struggling in our area and make a genuine impact on their lives.

She is a Texas native, who grew up in Longview and attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Upon graduation, she joined Teach for America, an educational nonprofit that provides teachers to many of the most underserved communities in the United States.  Teach for America placed her in the heart of the Mississippi Delta to teach 4th grade math in a small rural community.  Her work with students in the Delta sparked a lifelong passion for education and service.  Upon arrival in Shreveport, Carly spent several years serving students in our area through her work with Junior Achievement of North Louisiana before joining the United Way team.

Carly is a Board Member for the Young Professionals Initiative and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  She is also a member of the Woman’s Department Club, a frequent volunteer for Junior Achievement and Step Forward, and a 2019 YPI 40 Under Forty honoree.  She is also an adventurer at heart, who loves traveling, reading, cooking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.