Carmen Rojas

Carmen Rojas

Co-Founder and CEO, The Workers Lab and Board Member, Marguerite Casey Foundation

Dr. Carmen Rojas is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Workers Lab, an organization that invests in experiments and innovation to build power for working people in the 21st century.  For more than 20 years, Carmen has worked with foundations, financial institutions, and non-profits to improve the lives of working people across the United States.

Carmen currently sits on the boards of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, General Service Foundation, and California Harvesters.

Carmen holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007.

Philanthropy and Policy: Undue Influence or Crucial Strategic Lever?

Minneapolis Ballroom ABCD

Forthcoming research from CEP will explore how funders approach the question of influencing policy at the national, local, and regional levels. When and how should funders influence policy? When do funders’ actions strengthen democracy, and when might they undermine it? What should be the guiding principles for funders as they consider the role of policy influence in their strategies? CEP’s research and a panel of philanthropic leaders will consider these questions.

Breakout session Plenary