Board Chair, Walton Family Foundation (Festival Underwriter)
Carrie Walton Penner is chair of the Walton Family Foundation board of directors. A K-12 education advocate, she has been active in education research, evaluation, advocacy, and philanthropy for more than 20 years. Penner is focused on improving access to high-quality schools for every child, particularly those in low-income communities. She has advised nonprofit organizations on matters such as strategic planning, funder and grantee relationship building, and organizational transitions. Penner’s passion for educational equity was ignited during college while tutoring high school students in Washington, DC. She serves on the boards of the Aspen Institute, Charter School Growth Fund, KIPP Foundation, EdVoice, and Stanford University Graduate School of Education.