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Jeff Carter, JD

Executive Director of PSR/National

Jeff Carter became the executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility on January 2, 2017. Jeff is an attorney and nonprofit executive with more than 16 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including eight years of executive/CEO experience, primarily with membership organizations and associations. He is also a well-known national leader on adult education policy.  

Social change is the core value driving his nonprofit career. In addition to advocating on behalf of adult education with federal policymakers, he has worked to bring together other education organizations and associations to fight for critical federal investments in education for poor and vulnerable people. 

PSR's mission resonates for him because it uses education as an instrument of change. He looks forward to helping individuals and communities better understand how climate change, toxics, and nuclear weapons threaten their health and how people can work together to reduce them. 

Most recently, Jeff served as the Executive Director of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC) and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE) — two partner organizations that together serve as a national association for state directors of adult education around the U.S. He was also the President of the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) from 2014–16 and continues to volunteer with them as an advisor on policy issues. He also serves as an Officer with the Committee for Education Funding, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of educational associations, institutions, and other organizations advocating for adequate support for critical federal education programs.

Earlier in his career, Jeff was the Director of Policy and Government Affairs for ProLiteracy and later the founding Director of Adult Education Initiatives at Digital Promise where he worked to support the development of new digital learning tools for low-skilled adults.

Jeff was a Project Director at World Education in Boston until he moved to Washington, D.C. in 2004. World Education is an international nonprofit working to improve the quality of life for children and adults through programs that promote individual and collective change through education. He moved to Washington to serve as the Executive Director of D.C. LEARNs, a coalition of organizations providing literacy instruction to children, youth, and adults in the District. In that role, he provided management oversight of Reach Out and Read of Metro D.C., a coalition of literacy programs operating in hospitals and health centers in the Washington area. Reach Out and Read is a national initiative that promotes early literacy to parents in pediatric clinics.

He received his B.A. from Providence College and earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

Page Updated April 21, 2017

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