Carol Thompson Cole

President & Chief Executive Officer at Venture Philanthropy Partners, Inc.

Carol Thompson Cole

Carol Thompson Cole

President & Chief Executive Officer at Venture Philanthropy Partners, Inc.

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Executive Office of the President Under Bill Clinton
Venture Philanthropy Partners, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Creative Associates International, Inc.

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Chairman at Morino Institute

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Partner at Fitzgerald & Rhodes LLP

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Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at The Federal City Council

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Chief Executive Officer at ObjectVideo, Inc.

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

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Founder at Urban Service Systems Corp.

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Managing Director at Andersen Tax LLC

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Co-Founder at ACT for Alexandria

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President at The Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation

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Carol Thompson Cole
President & Chief Executive Officer at Venture Philanthropy Partners, Inc.

Since its founding in 1871, Smith College has provided women of high ability and promise an education of uncompromising quality. A world-class faculty of scholars are fully engaged with their students' intellectual development, and an open curriculum encourages each student to explore many fields of knowledge. Mentors for scholarship, leadership and service, across all spectrums of endeavor, allow Smith students to observe different models of achievement, then set their own course with conviction.

Senior Executive in State & Local Government Program

The Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School closes gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education by creating knowledge, training leaders and informing public policy and organizational practices. Our research provides evidence-based insights on the role of gender in shaping economic, political and social opportunities available to individuals. We identify successful interventions and measure their impact on women, men, and society, then share recommendations on what policies, organizational practices and leadership techniques help close involuntary gaps.

Master's in Public Administration, Concentration in Urban Public Policy

The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU Wagner, Wagner) is a public policy school that offers a comprehensive curriculum in public and nonprofit policy and management. It is one of 14 schools and divisions at New York University and is the largest school of public administration in the United States. NYU Wagner is highly ranked among graduate schools for public policy and administration in the United States. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks NYU Wagner 6th nationally among public-affairs schools

Career History
President & Chief Executive Officer
2007 - Current

Venture Philanthropy Partners, Inc. operates as a philanthropic organization which invests in high-performing non-profits. The company was founded by Mark Robert Warner, Raul J. Fernandez and Mario M. Morino in 2000 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Executive Director, DC Inter-Agency Task Force

The presidency of Bill Clinton began at noon EST on January 20, 1993, when Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States, and ended on January 20, 2001. Clinton, a Democrat, took office following a decisive victory over Republican incumbent President George H. W. Bush and Independent businessman Ross Perot in the 1992 presidential election. Four years later, in the 1996 election, he defeated Perot and Republican Bob Dole to win re-election. He was succeeded by Republican George W. Bush, who won the 2000 presidential election. The nation experienced an extended period of economic prosperity during the Clinton presidency. Months into his first term, he signed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, which raised taxes and set the stage for future budget surpluses. He won ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a trade pact negotiated by President George H. W. Bush among the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Clinton's most ambitious legislative initiative, a plan to provide universal health care, never received a vote in Congress as he was unable to win sufficient congressional support for the policy. Clinton's party suffered a strong rebuke in the 1994 elections, and Republicans took control of both houses of Congress for the first time since the 1950s. The "Republican Revolution," as the 1994 elections came to be known, empowered Congressional Republicans led by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to propose several conservative policies. While Clinton vetoed many of these policies, he also signed some, including the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act. Disagreements with Congressional Republicans led to two shutdowns of the federal government between 1995 and 1996. In foreign policy, Clinton's first term saw American interventions in Somalia, Haiti, and the Balkans. Clinton also appointed two Supreme Court Justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. Clinton's second term saw the first federal budget surpluses since the 1960s, but was partially overshadowed by his impeachment in 1998. His impeachment arose after he denied having an affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Though the House of Representatives voted to impeach Clinton, he was acquitted of all charges by the Senate. In 1997, Clinton signed into law a bill creating the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which was designed to help provide health care coverage for millions of children. In 1999, he signed the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act, which allowed for the consolidation of investment and commercial banks. In foreign policy, Clinton launched a major bombing campaign in the Balkans, which led to the creation of a United Nations protectorate in Kosovo. He played a major role of the expansion of NATO into former Eastern Bloc countries but remained on good terms with Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Clinton also pursued closer trade relations with several countries, most notably China. Clinton left office with high approval ratings, though his preferred successor, Vice President Al Gore, was narrowly defeated by Texas Governor George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election. Since the end of Clinton's presidency, historians and political scientists have tended to rank Clinton as an average to above average president.

Chief of Staff

The Government of the District of Columbia operates under Article One of the United States Constitution and the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, which devolves certain powers of the United States Congress to the Mayor and thirteen-member Council.

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Member, Leadership Council

Raise DC brings together committed stakeholders from across sectors to change mindsets and actions with the aim of building better, more equitable systems for DC’s young people, from cradle to career. Raise DC partners with schools, government agencies, community-based organizations, philanthropic organizations, and businesses to improve outcomes for children and youth along a cradle-to-career continuum, from birth through age 24. Raise DC uses the collective impact model to improve educational outcomes for the District's children and youth.

Member, Board of Directors

Hager Sharp, Inc. provides public relations and communication services. The company was founded by Susan Hager and Marcia Sharp in 1973 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.


The Federal City Council (FC2) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization dedicated to the advancement of civic life in the nation’s capital. Established in 1954, the FC2 recognizes that improvements in the District of Columbia’s social, economic and physical infrastructure require innovative, tireless work. They seek long-term solutions to complex, community-based problems that produce lasting change and a stronger D.C.

Lifetime Trustee

The Urban Institute is dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. For nearly five decades, Urban scholars have conducted research and offered evidence-based solutions that improve lives and strengthen communities across a rapidly urbanizing world. Their objective research helps expand opportunities for all, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector.

Member, Board of Trustees

Friendship Public Charter School, Inc. operates pre-K-3 and two of its middle schools. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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Representative from Virginia


Former Governor of Maryland


Former Senator from New York

Awards & Honors
Washingtonian Magazine - 100 Most Powerful Women
Washingtonian Magazine - 100 Tech Titans of Washington
Washingtonian Magazine - Washingtonian of the Year
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