Meet Karina Soria Mendoza, Canopy’s new Operations Manager

By Canopy Team on February 7, 2023

Karina Soria Mendoza (she/her/ella) joined the Canopy team in January 2023 as Operations Manager. We asked Karina a few questions to get to know her better.

Smiling woman wearing bucket hat stands in front of trees
Karina Soria Mendoza

What were you up to before joining Canopy?

Karina: I attended East Palo Alto Academy and College Track, and I studied some engineering and business classes at San Francisco State University. My professional career began in 2016 when I worked at College Track as a recruiter and later academic coach and was promoted to operations coordinator. Afterward, I interned as a policy and community intern with Elemental Excelerator then was promoted to a full-time Portfolio Fellow. Most of my work has been on the administrative side working with Salesforce, Google Suite, Microsoft, Adobe, and some program management tools.

What is your role with Canopy?

Karina: Operations Manager overseeing office environment and systems, providing administrative support to Canopy’s Executive Director and Board, and providing program administrative support.

Why do you think trees are so important?

Karina: Trees are extremely important because they carry life and history. It’s our responsibility to care and nurture the nature around us.

What are you excited to be working on?

Karina: I am excited to be a part of the administrative work at Canopy. Operations is the bread and butter of my work, and I hope I can help it continue to flourish here at Canopy.

Giant Sequoia in Palo Alto. Photo by Galyna Vakulenko
Giant Sequoia in Palo Alto. Photo by Galyna Vakulenko

What is your favorite tree?

Karina: I would have to say the sequoia trees because they have so much life.

Favorite Quote?

Karina: When one door closes, two more open.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Karina: Hiking, camping, and traveling

Any final thoughts?

Karina: I will love to connect with you all and hope we create great memories together!

Thanks, Karina! We’re so glad to have you on the Canopy team.

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