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Jeff Carter, JD

Executive Director

(202) 587-5240

Jeff Carter became the Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility on January 2, 2017. Jeff is an attorney and nonprofit executive with over 18 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including ten years of executive/CEO experience, primarily with membership organizations and associations. He is also a well-known national leader on adult education policy.

In addition to advocating on behalf of adult education with federal policymakers, he has worked to bring together education organizations and associations across the education continuum to fight for critical investments in education for poor and vulnerable people. He has served for many years on the board of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of more than 110 educational associations, institutions, and other organizations advocating for a greater federal investment in education. In 2018, he was elected CEF’s President.

From 2015-16, 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 served 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. In September 2018, he was awarded a Literacy Leadership Award by NCL for his “long and effective career as an advocate for adult literacy and adult education.”

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, DC 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 DC 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 DC, 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 bachelor’s from Providence College and earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.