2016 Awardee Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D.

E_Carson_hi-resAnthony F. Logan Award is presented in recognition of the efforts of a community partner who has made an outstanding contribution to civil rights law and our client communities.


As a result of Dr. Carson’s leadership, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation has been an integral partner in our efforts to end discriminatory education policies and practices in California. In partnership with the SVCF, our 2013 report “HELD BACK – Addressing Misplacement of 9th Grade Students in Bay Area School Math Classes” chronicled the practice of forcing a disturbing percentage of students of color who successfully passed algebra in the 8th grade to repeat it in the 9th grade, thereby forever impeding their progress in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) trajectory. Subsequent to the report’s publication, SVCF took the extraordinary step to develop and pass statewide legislation to require transparent and objective math placement protocols in all California school districts. As a result, SB 359, the California Mathematics Placement Act, was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor last fall. Dr. Carson continues to be a creative, determined and passionate advocate in the fight for equal opportunity and access to quality education for all students.

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., is the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. An international thought leader in the field of philanthropy, in 2005 he led the unprecedented merger of two community foundations to create SVCF. With a growth in assets from $1.4 billion to over $6.5 billion, SVCF is the nation’s largest community foundation, supporting a wide range of causes in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. Dr. Carson has published more than 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on issues of social justice, public accountability and African-American giving.