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Carla Thompson Payton

Vice President for Program Strategy,W.K. Kellogg Foundation, United States

Carla Thompson Payton is vice president for program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich. In this role, she leads the Education & Learning; Family Economic Security; Food, Health & Well-Being teams. Prior to joining the foundation in 2012, she was deputy director of the Office of Child Care at the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. Ms Thompson has been honored for her leadership in early childhood education. She also has served on boards and committees for nonprofit associations and professional organizations. She holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.