Director, Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives
Carra Cote-Ackah joined the Center in 2011 and serves in a number of roles. Previously, she was a program officer at the Robertson Foundation in New York, 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. 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 The Surdna Foundation.
She received her M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, her M.A. in public policy from Duke University, and her B.S., summa cum laude, in psychology and child development from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband live in Center City Philadelphia with their two children.