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Carol Thompson Cole

President and CEO, Venture Philanthropy Partners

Carol Thompson Cole has extensive executive management experience in the public and private sectors, including a strong history of leadership in the Greater Washington region’s philanthropy and nonprofit community and federal and local government. She has successfully partnered with cross-sector stakeholders, building networks in the region to tackle major social challenges, bringing the expertise, passion, and reach necessary to achieve life-changing results.

Born and raised in the region with deep roots in the community, Carol Thompson Cole began work at Venture Philanthropy Partners in 2003 and became President and CEO in 2007. Her education includes: BA, Smith College; master in public administration, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University; senior executive in the State and Local Government Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her experience highlights include: Special advisor to President Clinton on the District of Columbia and Executive Director of the DC Inter-Agency Task Force, Executive Office of the President; Vice-President for Government and Environmental Affairs at RJR Nabisco; District of Columbia City Administrator; Deputy Mayor for Operations and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, District of Columbia.

Current board memberships include:

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Honorary Member Connected DMV
  • Economic Club of Washington
  • Federal City Council
  • Friendship Public Charter School, Board of Trustees
  • Hager Sharp, Board of Directors
  • International Women’s Forum, Washington, DC
  • Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Regional Advisory Board Leadership Greater Washington, Alumni Member
  • Raise DC Leadership Council
  • Truist Greater Washington Regional Advisory Board
  • Urban Institute, Lifetime Trustee
  • Washington Housing Conservancy, Board of Civic Leaders
  • Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, Children Youth and Families, Working Group, Co-Chair
  • Wesley Theological Seminary, Board of Governors