Carla Madeleine Kupe
Carla Madeleine Kupe is a passionate social impact agent and entrepreneur, seasoned litigation attorney, and enthusiastic B2B consultant. Carla is the Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the City of Chicago Inspector General. Previously, she served as Associate General Counsel and Title IX Coordinator for Chicago State University. She is also the founder of The Impact Alliance NFP, a diversity, equity, and inclusion culture change consulting firm. Additionally, she created Speak Truth Summit, a platform giving voice and visibility to the state of women of color.
Before joining Chicago State University, Carla was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department in its Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division. She was also a Victim Witness Advocate for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, Massachusetts. Additionally, Carla was the former Director of Community Relations for the Chicago Metropolitan Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
Carla is a member of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Diversity Mentoring Program and the law school's Dean’s Diversity Council. Additionally, Carla is a member of the Illinois Diversity Council’s editorial board and contributing author. Carla serves as a mentor at the University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is one of the 2019-2020 Illinois Ambassadors for United State of Women.
Carla speaks eight languages and has roots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, and Luxembourg. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Psychology from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois.