President of Child Trends, the nation's leading nonprofit research organization working to improve the lives of children and families.
Carol Emig serves as President of Child Trends, the nation's leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families. For 36 years, decision makers have relied on the organization’s rigorous research, unbiased analyses, and clear communications to improve public policies and interventions that serve children and families. Under her leadership, Child Trends has significantly expanded its capacity to effectively communicate research to key stakeholders, to evaluate programs and policies for children and youth, and to promote the use of data and evidence in decision making. Carol directed the launch of the Child Trends Hispanic Institute in 2014 and is a frequent speaker and blogger on such topics as early childhood development, child well-being, and child welfare.
She has led Child Trends since 2006. Previously, Carol was Executive Director of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, a blue-ribbon panel of child welfare experts. Many of the Commission’s recommendations were enacted by Congress or adopted by state agencies and state Supreme Courts. Prior to this, she was Vice President for External Relations at Child Trends, where she built the organization’s public policy communications department.
Carol serves on the Boards of Directors of Reach Out and Read and the Stoneleigh Foundation. She is also an advisor to the Board of Directors of Venture Philanthropy Partners.
Carol has an undergraduate degree in international relations from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.