Education: B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University
Recent projects include: Espacios Abiertos, CNE, Northern California Grantmakers
Personal interests include: Cooking, hiking, board games, nonfiction books, politics, hanging out with her 1-year-old and 5-year-old, and trying to spend less time looking at Facebook
Carolyn is a nonprofit strategy consultant and social entrepreneur based in San Francisco. She consults with social justice nonprofits, coalitions, and foundations on strategic communications, strategy development, policy advocacy, movement building, community-driven research, fund-raising, scaling, and replication. In addition to working with PEG, Carolyn is a Senior Strategist with Wonder: Strategies for Good. With all of her clients, she seeks to leverage her deep content expertise in LGBTQ equality, education justice, youth leadership, and community organizing.
Previously, Carolyn founded Gay-Straight Alliance Network, which organizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth advocating for safety and justice in schools. Over 16 years, her youth organizing at GSA Network resulted in passage of a dozen pieces of legislation focused on non-discrimination, safety, mental health access, equity, and restorative justice in schools for LGBTQ young people. She grew the number of Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs in California schools from 40 to 940. Carolyn spearheaded the replication of GSA Network’s successful California model in 4 other states and united a coalition of 39 statewide GSA networks, accelerating the growth and impact of the GSA movement nationwide.
In addition to her consulting work, in 2015 she co-founded Springboard Partners, an incubator of both high-impact social justice campaigns and startup companies. Carolyn is an Echoing Green Fellow and Ashoka Fellow as well as a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is a 2017 Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University, where she also received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology in 1995. Carolyn lives in San Francisco with her wife, Heather, and two daughters.