Charles E. Carter, PhD, LICSW

Deputy Director and Chief Strategy Officer, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Charles E. Carter is Deputy Director and Chief Strategy Officer of the Center on the Developing Child. He is responsible for leading the creation of a strategy that leverages the Center’s R&D platform to build and scale an innovation movement beyond the Center. Additionally, he is responsible for using outcome data to drive strategic decision-making and for building the capacity of individuals, organizations, and systems to drive and scale innovation on the ground.

Dr. Carter has over 20 years of experience working with low-income children and families. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU). At CWU, he combined strategy with on-the-ground implementation to develop, lead, evaluate, and refine innovative anti-poverty programming to support low-income women’s efforts to become economically self-sufficient. Prior to joining CWU, he was Director of the Child Welfare Institute at Salem State University, a Regional Director for the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, a child- and youth-focused Network Director at the Home for Little Wanderers, and a Senior Clinical Consultant with Wediko Children’s Services.

Dr. Carter has taught on subjects that include cultural diversity, leadership, and measuring impact as a guest lecturer at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, the Graduate Schools of Management and Social Work at Simmons College, the New England Conservatory with the El Sistema Fellowship Program, and the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College. He earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in social work from Boston College.