Carol Emig has spent her career working at the intersection of public policy, programs, and research related to children and youth. Since 2006, she has been President of Child Trends, an independent, nonpartisan research center. Child Trends improves the lives and prospects of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and applying the resulting knowledge to public policies, programs, and systems.
Child Trends works with decision makers at the national, state, and local levels to use data effectively, to incorporate evidence-based practices into their programs and policies, to evaluate their effectiveness, and to use all of this information to improve outcomes for children and youth. Its research portfolio spans every stage of child and youth development, from early childhood to the transition to adulthood, and includes all the major public systems serving children and families.
Under Carol’s leadership, Child Trends added robust research areas in child welfare, juvenile justice, and trauma; launched the Child Trends Hispanic Institute; expanded its capacity to support policymakers; grew its communications function; and redoubled the organization’s commitment to promoting equity. It also quadrupled its staff size, from 50 to more than 200.
From 2002 to 2006, Carol was Executive Director of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, a blue-ribbon panel of child welfare experts. Many of the Commission’s recommendations were enacted by Congress or adopted by state agencies and state Supreme Courts. Prior to this, she was Vice President for External Relations at Child Trends, where she built the organization’s public policy and communications department.
Carol’s other professional experiences include Deputy Director of the National Commission on Children, a bipartisan Congressional-Presidential panel; Senior Associate at the Center for the Study of Social Policy; director of a state children’s advocacy organization; and, early in her career, research assistant to First Lady Rosalynn Carter. She serves on the Board of Directors of Raising a Reader and is an advisor to the Board of Directors of Venture Philanthropy Partners. In the past, she has served on the Boards of the Stoneleigh Foundation, Reach Out and Read, and the Children’s Chorus of Washington.
Carol has an undergraduate degree in international relations from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.