Carla Underwood was named EHSS Manager at Mississippi in 2017. Toyota Mississippi produces the Corolla, Toyota’s highest volume selling vehicle in the world, and represents the company’s 14th manufacturing facility in North America.
Underwood’s responsibilities are varied, but her focus is on one of the most important Toyota values, safety. She also leads corporate environmental responsibility through recycling and wildlife conservation at the Blue Springs site. Her team leads Toyota’s largest employee volunteer event in the U.S., National Public Lands Day held at Tombigbee State Park in Tupelo, MS.
Underwood’s career path started with Toyota in 1994. Her 24-year automotive manufacturing career has spanned from the Kentucky plant (first NA plant launch in 1988) and in the startup of vehicle assembly plant in San Antonio TX where the Tundra and Tacoma are made. She has worked in all aspects of manufacturing from assembly, conveyance, logistics, pilot, production control.
In addition to helping shape Toyota’s future, she is a mentor within the company as well as outside the company. She has been in the Big Brother Big Sister program for over 9 years. This was the start of her family when mentoring two sisters became her own daughters. Underwood is also an avid volunteer with in the community. She utilizes her experience “Toyota Way” to serve on the Board of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association as well as the 4H Advisory Council.
A native of Jasper, AL, she graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Police Administration and Minor in Art.
Underwood recently married and shares 6 kids, 1 grandchild and a rabbit. She and her husband reside in Historic Downtown Tupelo, Miss.