Carra Cote-Ackah

Carra Cote-Ackah

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Director, Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives

Ms. Cote-Ackah generates and maintains key relationships with institutional funders, individual donors, and nonprofit practitioners to deepen the Center's reach. She also leads programmatic analysis on U.S. domestic issues, including co-authoring three recently released reports: a Food Funder Compass; Donor Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity; and Beyond Compliance: Measuring to Learn, Improve and Create Positive Change, a cross-sectoral piece.

Previously, she was a Program Officer at the Robertson Foundation (over $1 billion in assets), where she partnered with multiple grantees within the education and youth development, environment, and religion/spirituality portfolios. Ms. Cote-Ackah has also worked at the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia and served on the Andrus Family Fund Board from 2002-2008, the last two years of which she was the board chairperson and oversaw approximately $4 million in grants annually. She has also worked with several nonprofits and the Children's Bureau (DHHS) on issues facing vulnerable children and families.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of The Surdna Foundation (over $1 billion in assets), which grants more than $38M annually to foster sustainable communities in the U.S.  She also was appointed to serve as the Alliances Chair of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Thriving Communities Network, whose membership includes 4,000+ global leaders focused on social issues.

Ms. Cote-Ackah holds a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in psychology and child development from Vanderbilt University. She holds a M.A. in liberal studies (specialization in public policy and racial disparities) from Duke University. She received her M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she was also awarded the Morgenthau Public Administration Fellowship in support of excellence in public interest and public policy.

Ms. Cote-Ackah and her husband live in Bryn Mawr, PA, with their three children. She is also active within her family’s business, the Cote Family Companies, which has lodging, hospitality, and recreational holdings in Arizona and Minnesota.