Emmett Carson is an international leader in the field of philanthropy. In 2007, he led the unprecedented merger that created Silicon Valley Community Foundation. With over $2 billion under management, the community foundation is the center of philanthropy and one of the largest community foundations in the world. It engages individuals and corporations in achieving their charitable interests locally and globally. Before that, he was CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation for over 12 years.
Emmett has published more than 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on social justice grantmaking, public accountability by nonprofits and African American philanthropy. He has been 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.