Carol S. Larson is President and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a position she has held since January 2004. She is responsible for the overall management of the Foundation and its grantmaking activities. In 2013, the Foundation awarded over $287 million in grants domestically and internationally in the program areas of Conservation and Science; Population and Reproductive Health; and Children, Families, and Communities.
Carol served as the Packard Foundation’s director of programs from 1995 through 1999 and was appointed a vice president of the organization in 2000. In these roles, her duties included supervising senior program directors and working with them to implement programmatic guidelines and plans for the future. Carol joined the Foundation in 1989 as director of Research and Grants, Law and Public Policy, at the Foundation’s Center for the Future of Children. In that role, she worked on child health and welfare issues, and edited and wrote for numerous Future of Children journal issues. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Larson was a partner in a Los Angeles, California law firm specializing in civil litigation. She also worked in the nonprofit sector on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities.
Ms. Larson currently serves on the boards of the ClimateWorks Foundation and the American Leadership Forum — Silicon Valley. Previously, she was a board member of the Council on Foundations where she served as board chair from 2010-1012. She is also a prior board member of Northern California Grantmakers and Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families.
Carol received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her law degree from Yale Law School. Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson, United States District Court, Central District of California.