Karla Taylor-Welch was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She received her bachelors (1977), masters (1978) and juris doctorate (1983) from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Ms. Taylor-Welch worked for the Department of Law from 1984-2005. She spent 11 years total in the DOA and 10 years in the AGO handling children and juvenile cases, as well as adult protection cases. From 2005, until her retirement in 2017, she worked for the Fairbanks civil section of OPA, the last two and a half years as supervisor. She remains an active bar member, working occasionally for private firms and volunteering her legal skills at a local non-profit organization serving children and families. Since retirement from the State of Alaska, she has been enjoying her time traveling, biking, skiing, swimming, and playing with her grandchildren. She was appointed to the Commission in 2016.