Carmen Anderson

Vice President of Equity & Data Research, The Heinz Endowments

Carmen Anderson is Vice President of Equity & Research at The Heinz Endowments. She leads efforts to address social injustice and inequity in communities served by the Endowments. Carmen is responsible for organizational development as it relates to diversity, inclusion and equity, including the creation of guiding principles for the foundation and learning opportunities for staff and grantees. She monitors the field to identify best practices for improving the Endowments’ operations, policies and behaviors. Carmen develops strategic partnerships to advance equity in local communities and spearheads the foundation’s implementation in its overall goals, communications, grantmaking and financial investments. She also maintains a grantmaking portfolio in the Learning area primarily focused on family health and wellness, and holistic education. Carmen's professional work has focused primarily on women and children’s issues, particularly family violence and child maltreatment. In addition to many years of administrative and management work in the community, she has lectured and conducted workshops on a variety of topics pertinent to women, children and families. She has been active in promoting healthy families through community organizing and public awareness, including co-hosting a 15-part television series on the issue.