Karla Leitzman ’13

Alumni and Administrator

Special Gift Officer Coordinator for Reunion Giving in Advancement

Karla graduated from Gustavus in 2013 with a degree in Theatre with Honors. Prior to joining the Gustavus Advancement team in July of 2017, Karla served as a Philanthropy Associate at Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys where she contributed to multiple areas of growth in individual giving and donor stewardship. 

Karla is incredibly grateful for her Gustavus liberal arts education which took place both in and out of the classroom.  As a student, she was happiest when she was involved in many activities and groups on campus, incuding many Gustavus theatre productions, I Am We Are social justice theatre troupe,  various music ensembles, Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, The Viking Society, and Gustavus Ambassadors.

In her current role at Gustavus, Karla is responsible for connecting with Gustavus alumni regarding various opportunities to support the mission of the college in conjecture with their upcoming class reunion celebrations. 

Karla is involved with the Minnesota chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and  provides fundraising insight as a member of the board of directors for three Twin Cities non profits- Theatre Unbound, Raw Sugar Theatre and The North Star Museum for Girl Scouting and Boy Scouting. She lives in St. Paul with three fellow Gusties from the class of 2013.  Karla loves doing as much theatre and music in the Twin Cities as possible and enjoys singing with the American Swedish Institute's women's chorus, The Cloudberries.  When not working, you can also likely find her exploring new art venues, coffee shops and restaurants with her friends. 


B.A, Theatre with Honors from Gustavus Adolphus College

Areas of Expertise

stewardship and fundraising


fashion, learning, and Scandinavia