Carol Burton

Carol Burton, Executive Director, Centerforce
Education: 
B.S. and M.S.W., Grand Valley State University

Carol Burton is the executive director of Centerforce, a California-based nonprofit organization, whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for individuals, families and communities impacted by incarceration. Her responsibilities at Centerforce include the operation of the nationally recognized M.O.M.S. program, a partnership with Oakland Housing Authority to provide stable housing and wraparound services for formerly incarcerated pregnant and parenting mothers and their children, along with Back to Family.

Before joining Centerforce, Carol served for six years as the associate executive director of the Osborne Association in New York City where she developed, strengthened and oversaw all of Osborne's in-prison and community-based family and reentry services programs. Carol is responsible for the implementation of the first comprehensive program and longitudinal study on children of incarcerated parents in the US, Project S.E.E.K. (Services to Enable and Empower Kids).

Carol is currently the co-chair and coordinator of Alameda County's Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership and the immediate past chair of Family & Corrections Network (FCN). She is the recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award for her outstanding work on behalf of children of incarcerated parents.

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