Karla Bruno   -  Staff and Faculty at the Leadership Institute

Karla Bruno

Karla Kraynak Bruno is a former English teacher and librarian, with over 30 years as an educator and researcher to her credit.  She is a published author of historical fiction, a frequent guest columnist for two regional Virginia newspapers, and serves on Virginia’s First Thanksgiving committee as part of the national celebration in 2019 of Virginia’s 1619 contributions to our national heritage.

As Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at LI, Ms. Bruno increased foundation giving 72% since she arrived five years ago.

Ms. Bruno earned a B.A. and an M.A.Ed from The College of William and Mary, as well as a Master’s in Library Science from The Catholic University of America.  

A life-long lover of liberty and holder of conservative principles, she is active in higher education reform and Virginia grassroots politics.