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Carla Thompson

Vice President, Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Carla ThompsonCarla Thompson is vice president, program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich. In this role, she leads the education and learning and family economic security teams, providing leadership and management for the creative and strategic direction of programming from design through implementation, evaluation and dissemination. As a member of the executive team, she is also responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the foundation.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2012, Thompson was deputy director of the Office of Child Care at the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. There, she was responsible for developing national early childhood education policy, managing the $5 billion annual budget of the Child Care Development Fund and providing oversight to 10 regional offices serving states, tribes and territories. Previously, she was assistant superintendent for early childhood education for the District of Columbia, where she initiated the first publicly funded pre-kindergarten program. In other professional experience, she has held positions with the Department of Education and Department of Public Welfare for the state of Pennsylvania; United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; and the U.S. Department of Education.

Thompson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.