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Phyllis Carter

CFO/COO/CBO - Contra Costa Community College District / Samuel Merritt University / Laney College

Board/Governance, Executive Coaching/Organizational Development, Finance, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Management of Staff/Teams and/or Projects, Strategic Partnerships/Networks

Phyllis Carter


My passion is enabling access to education pathways and lifelong learning, and which are foundational to individuals achieving career aspirations and economic empowerment in our evolving world.

I have more than twenty five years of executive leadership,  management and board experience in global corporate and nonprofit organizations. The industries where I gained this experience include technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, higher education, and youth development. I have held functional roles in board governance, strategic planning, finance, people and culture, venture startups, software consulting and other functions. I have achieved notable results in leading strategic, financial, and organizational planning as well as operational  improvements and compliance. During the first half of my career, I led improvements to all aspects of financial governance of multi-national for-profit companies to a corporate venture incubator. The second half of my career ranged from catalyzing the national expansion of an early stage social enterprise which redefined playtime in US schools to leading colleges and universities to raise over $200+ million in bond and private financing.

In summary, I desire to leave a legacy of encouraging women and people of color to nurture their power and influence to achieve their purpose and impact on society.

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