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Karla Roeber
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Vice President Government and Public Affairs
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center



Karla Roeber has more than twenty-five years of experience in communications, government and community relations. As Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, she is responsible for the communication and government relations activities for the world’s largest plant science research institute. In this role, she serves as a liaison to elected and appointed officials and media representatives at the local, state and national level as well as to visiting dignitaries from around the globe. 

Karla has extensive experience securing economic development grants, and in 2016 led the effort to secure $.5M in federal funding to develop a strategic master plan and establish 39 North, a 600-acre innovation district. She works closely with a variety of civic partners to advance the region’s innovation ecosystem, helping to attract companies and create 21st century jobs.  Karla and her team develop strategies to garner coverage in traditional media and employ digital media platforms to share the Danforth Center's mission, vision and progress to the broader public. 

Prior to joining the Center, she was Principal of Karla Goldstein & Associates, Inc., a boutique public relations agency serving nonprofit and small business clients. She also served as District Director to U.S. Senator John C. Danforth and Staff Assistant to Congressman Joseph M. McDade in Washington DC. She serves on the board of the Missouri Biotechnology Association, Central Reform Congregation and the Communications Advisory Board of Arch to Park. Karla received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with honors from Saint Louis University.

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