Our Team

Karla E. Vigil

Chief Executive Officer


Born in El Salvador and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Karla Vigil serves as the chief executive officer and co-founder of the Equity Institute. Karla ensures ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, and communications systems. Additionally, she’s a strong advocate for recruiting, developing, and supporting historically underrepresented education professionals.

Carlon Howard

Chief Impact Officer


Carlon is the Chief Impact Officer and Co-Founder of Equity Institute. In his role, he oversees organizational strategy, internal operations, and implementation of Equity Institute’s educator pathway program. Carlon is an avid reader and lifelong learner who spends much of his time exploring topics related to social science, history, and leadership.

Katya Rodriguez

Associate Partner


Katya was born in Mexico, grew up in California, and has chosen to serve in Rhode Island since 2017.  She oversees the development and execution of all policy and research projects as well as organizational evaluation processes. Katya believes that all students deserve a high-quality education regardless of their zip code and she strives to develop an equitable education system throughout the country.

Ayana Bass

Program Manager


Ayana Bass is a lifelong Rhode Island resident and a certified Elementary, Special Educator. At Equity Institute, she focuses on developing alternative educator pathway programs for school support professionals to address teacher shortages and diversity within the teacher workforce. Ayana is an avid volunteer and values the importance and beauty of building relationships with people in her community, and beyond.

Vanessa Vigil

Program Manager


Vanessa primarily supports the development and management of Equity Institute’s educator pathway program. She is a Providence, RI-native committed to strengthening her community and promoting equitable access to education and healthcare across the city. Vanessa is a mother to three and spends much of her time exploring topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in the healthcare field.

Kaitlin Moran



Kaitlin was born and raised in Vermont, spent most of her career in greater Boston, and now proudly calls Providence home. In her role at Equity Institute, she develops high-quality culturally responsive, antiracist and student-centered learning experiences for educators, administrators and community stakeholders. Additionally, she supports policymakers, and other professionals to develop quality curricula and learning resources.

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