Board Chair, Walton Family Foundation (Festival Underwriter)
Carrie Walton Penner is a K-12 education advocate and board chair of the Walton Family Foundation. Her passion for educational equity was ignited while tutoring high school students in Washington, DC, during college. She has been active in education research, evaluation, advocacy, and philanthropy for more than 20 years. With expertise in developing effective governance models for high-impact philanthropy, Penner has advised many nonprofit organizations on matters such as strategic planning, funder and grantee relationship building, and organizational transitions. She serves on the boards of the Aspen Institute, Charter School Growth Fund, KIPP Foundation, EdVoice, and Stanford University Graduate School of Education.