Carla Poulson

Carla Poulson

Position: Chief People Officer

Carla Poulson is a strategic Senior Human Resources Leader with 25 years of experience in the US and Europe. She has experience with a variety of operations (building a European operation, company in hyper-growth phase) in which HR played a critical role in ensuring organizational capability and structure, as well as building the culture. Carla has excellent ability to partner with people at all levels and work collaboratively to provide innovative business solutions. She values and nurtures an organization with diverse perspectives, recognizing that is where an enterprise gets the most out of its people.

Carla is a strategic thinker with a deep passion for ensuring HR is a key force for creating and implementing strategies to drive efficient operations and culture. Recognized for building long lasting relationships with business partners, vendors, key clients, and executives, she consults with senior executives to assess organizational capabilities, designing operating and governance models, integrating talent strategies, and building performance cultures.

Prior to ProKidney, She has worked at Uniqure, Mersana Therapeutics and Akcea Therapeutics as Chief People Officer. Prior to that she spent 10 years at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in a variety of HR leadership roles, including the role as Head of International HR in London, UK. Carla has a BS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a MS in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign.