Carly Koen

Vice President of External Relations

Carly Koen is the Vice President of External Relations for United Way of Northwest Louisiana. Carly has a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from Louisiana State University Shreveport with a concentration in resource development. She leads United Way’s Donor Relations and Marketing and Communications teams, responsible for guiding the strategic planning and outcomes for both departments.

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 the Chairman of the Young Professionals Initiative, Chair-Elect for the advisory board of the LSUS Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research, board member of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  She was also an honoree for the 2021 Minority Business Opportunities Award – Nonprofit Professional of the Year and the Young Professionals Initiative 40 Under Forty Class of 2019.