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Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., is internationally recognized as a catalyst for progressive social change.

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., is internationally recognized as a catalyst for progressive social change. A renowned speaker, Emmett Carson has published more than 75 works on philanthropy and social justice.

Emmett Carson serves as the first CEO and president of the new Silicon Valley Community Foundation which resulted from the historic merger of Community Foundation Silicon Valley and Peninsula Community Foundation. With $1.9 billion in total assets, the community foundation is the largest on the West Coast and one of the largest in the nation and is dedicated to advancing civic engagement to address the most challenging problems facing San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Prior to his appointment, Emmett Carson served for 12 years as president and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation, where Mr. Carson pioneered several community initiatives and increased assets from $186 million to over $600 million. Previously, Emmett Carson served as the first manager of the Ford Foundation's worldwide grantmaking program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

Emmett Carson also has worked for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Congressional Research Service.

Emmett Carson serves on several nonprofit boards including the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Northern California Grantmakers and Southern Education Foundation. Emmett Carson is the recipient of numerous nonprofit leadership awards including recognition by The Nonprofit Times as one of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in the United States.

Emmett Carson received his Ph.D. and a master’s in public administration in public and international affairs from Princeton University and a bachelor's degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College. Emmett is married to Jacqueline Copeland-Carson, Ph.D., and together they have the privilege, pleasure and occasional challenge of raising a teenage daughter.


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