Carrie Walton Penner is a K-12 education advocate and chairs the board of directors of the Walton Family Foundation. Her passion for educational equity was ignited during college when she witnessed first-hand the significant quality discrepancy in the U.S. public education system while tutoring high school students in Washington, D.C. She has been active in education research, evaluation, advocacy and philanthropy for more than 20 years. She is focused on improving access to high-quality schools for every child, particularly those in low-income communities.
With expertise in developing effective governance models for high-impact philanthropy, Carrie has advised many nonprofit organizations on matters such as strategic planning, funder and grantee relationship building and organizational transitions. In addition to the Walton Family Foundation, she serves on the boards of The Aspen Institute, Charter School Growth Fund, KIPP Foundation, EdVoice and Stanford University Graduate School of Education. She is also a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees.
Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in administration and policy analysis, and a master’s degree in program evaluation – both from Stanford University Graduate School of Education.
Carrie is the granddaughter of Helen and Sam Walton, founders of the Walton Family Foundation and Walmart.
It Takes Guts to Give - Aspen Ideas Festival 2016
Toward a Better System of Student Measurement - Aspen Ideas Festival 2015
Walton Family Foundation Names Consultant as New Leader - The Chronicle of Philanthropy
3rd Generation of Walton Family Makes Sharp Turn in Giving - The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Walmart Fortune, Spreading Charter Schools - The New York Times
A Quiet Family Fund Creates a Loud Buzz - The Chronicle of Philanthropy