Carla Dawson

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer at OCC


Before joining OCC in 2017, Dawson served for nearly 20 years in a series of roles of increased responsibility at Driehaus Capital Management, LLC, including as the Managing Director, Human Resources, where she was responsible for developing and executing a human resources strategy in support of the firm’s overall business plan and strategic direction. Her efforts were focused in the areas of talent management, employee relations, communications, organizational development, compensation and benefits, recruitment and regulatory compliance. Previously, Dawson worked for two executive search firms; Heidrick & Struggles, and Korn Ferry, as well as the financial services firm of Abaco De Bolsa.

Dawson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Relations from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico, and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University in Chicago. She also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute.


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