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NEEF Welcomes Carol Watson as Senior Vice President for Programs

Carol Watson

Carol Watson has over 15 years of experience in public health, nonprofit management, strategic planning, program design, implementation and evaluation, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy and fostering public-private collaboration.

Carol has an impressive track record of raising funds from public agencies, private foundations and corporations to create and scale national initiatives. With expertise in cause marketing, she has worked with corporations to identify areas of mutual interest, develop frameworks for collaboration, demonstrate proof of concept, execute, and communicate impact. In the past five years alone, she has been instrumental in raising over $4 million from public and private organizations and recently launched UNCF’s first incubator-readiness program to connect minority entrepreneurs to the financial capital and technical support that they need to launch or scale social enterprise.  As a result, UNCF was featured at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative meeting.  While at UNCF, she worked with its executive leadership, staff, and others to “re-imagine” UNCF in a way that would leverage existing assets, streamline programmatic operations, yield higher returns on investment, and garner new resources.

Throughout her career, Carol has been successful in developing programs, policies, data surveillance systems, and capacity building tools that help decrease the prevalence and incidence of chronic health conditions among targeted populations. This work was done with federal and state agencies, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. She has managed national, state and local programs and campaigns related to promoting clean indoor air, racial and ethnic health disparities, hunger and poverty, epilepsy, Perinatal HIV/AIDS, smoking cessation and educational inequities.

In addition to her programmatic and fund development expertise, Carol has administered close to $5 million annually to a network of more than 300 domestic and international anti-poverty organizations. She helped to launch a national campaign to end childhood hunger and co-authored a national policy report on incentivizing states to take action against childhood hunger.

Carol is experienced in various aspects of non-profit management and governance and, in 2008, she was recognized in O, The Oprah Magazine, for her leadership and entrepreneurship.  She is a former member of the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Infant Mortality Prevention (Appointed 2010) and a former Adjunct Faculty Member, Howard University, School of Education.

Carol’s academic preparation is stellar, as she holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Howard University.