CARLIN JOHNSON POLITZER

Vice President

ABOUT CARLIN

As a vice president at Encore.org, Carlin leads and advances a portfolio of strategic initiatives, including cogenerational national service.

Carlin holds a BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She began her career with Teach for America, both in the classroom and working for the national organization. She has held leadership roles with prominent youth-serving agencies, including Taft Community School and Summer Search Silicon Valley. She has advised major Silicon Valley corporations on their education philanthropy and initiatives and served as the managing director of Innovate Foundation, where she led the investment process and managed a portfolio of nonprofits focused on closing the achievement gap between students from lower-SES backgrounds and their more affluent peers. Most recently, Carlin worked for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she was a program officer responsible for grantmaking, overseeing special projects, and supporting research and communication efforts connected to the Office of the President.

Carlin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California and has served as a mental health clinician for children and youth in foster care. In her spare time, she can be found at the boxing gym, cheering on her favorite sports teams, or enjoying local activities and adventures with her husband, Ben, their teens, Maia and Ethan, and the family dog, Oliver Politzer.

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