"Pathways to Racial Healing and Equity in the American South"

"Pathways to Racial Healing and Equity in the American South"

Emmett Carson

3.29.2013

Emmett Carson

Emmett D. Carson, Ph. D., is an international thought leader in the field of philanthropy. As founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation in 2006, he led the unprecedented merger of two of the largest community foundations in the world. Today, with over $3 billion under management, Emmett oversees the community foundation’s work with donors and corporations whose giving is responsible for it being both the largest grantmaker to Bay Area nonprofit organizations and the largest international grantmaker among community foundations in the U.S.

Before this, Emmett had a distinguished 12 year career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation and, prior to that, oversaw the Ford Foundation’s U.S. and global grantmaking program on philanthropy and nonprofit sector. Emmett has published more 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on issues of social justice, public accountability and African American giving. He is consistently recognized as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the U.S. and has honorary degrees from Indiana University, Morehouse College and The National Hispanic University. Emmett received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.

Emmett Carson president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, gives the keynote address at the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy’s third annual summit on “Racial Healing and Equity in the American South.“ Carson is a leading thinker in the field of philanthropy. The founding CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Carson oversees the foundation’s work as the largest grantmaker to Bay Area nonprofit organizations and the largest international grantmaker among community foundations in the U.S.

This year’s summit commemorates the 15th anniversary of President Bill Clinton’s “One America in the 21st Century” initiative on race.