Carla D. Thompson, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

TITLE: Vice President for Program Strategy

FUNDING AREAS: Education and vulnerable families

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PROFILE: For Carla Thompson, the key to impacting the lives of children, especially those from low-income families, is to invest early. Her career in social work, education, philanthropy, and government has convinced her that early childhood education is a smart investment that yields future benefits—not only for the children themselves but for society overall.

Her foundation bio shares: 

In her current position, she is responsible for overseeing the national implementation of the Child Care Development Fund by managing 10 regional offices. The fund supports 1.7 million children monthly and distributes more than $5 billion annually.

Prior to joining the Office of Child Care, she served as Assistant Superintendent for Early Childhood Education for the District of Columbia public schools, where she managed all aspects of the system’s early childhood education program. Her professional experience in Early Childhood Education began in 2004 with United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, where she managed fund development and parenting and public engagement programs for United Way’s “Early to Learn” partnership.

In 2005, she became a special assistant in the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Public Welfare, where she helped shape and launch a new statewide early childhood education program.

Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and expects to receive her doctorate from Penn in 2013.

After graduating from college, she worked as a social worker for the Children’s Hope Foundation in New York City and at the Center for the Study of Youth Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2000 and 2001, she was a presidential management intern in Washington, D.C., working with the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.