Carla Pratico (née Rood) graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Tech with a degree in political science and a minor in classical studies and leadership studies. In 2009 she was named the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Woman of the Year. After graduation, she moved to New York City to work with Judith Glaser, a leadership consultant for top Fortune 500 companies. Carla then founded Polus Digital, Inc., a branding, design, and marketing company, in 2011, serving clients all over the world. In 2015 she began a second company, which provides coaching for Christian entrepreneurs. In addition to her work, Carla serves her community as a licensed New York City Chaplain, as well as an ordained Senior Pastor of Seek Church NYC alongside her husband, Kalel. She and Kalel live in New York City with their French Bulldog, Ella.