Carrie Welton is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Her career has focused on using evidence and research to improve federal and state policies that reduce the basic needs insecurity of people with low incomes, including students of color, parenting, first-generation, and immigrant students. Her efforts and perspective have been greatly informed by her own experiences as a low-income first-generation college graduate. In her previous role at CLASP, Carrie established herself as a trusted public benefits policy expert where she provided technical assistance to states to identify and implement policy changes that better support students and maximize federal and state funding streams. Her prior work experience includes four years at W.K. Kellogg Foundation on the National Education and Learning team as well as four years at the Kellogg Company on the organization’s government relations team. She also spent five years on the state board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan furthering the civil liberties and civil rights of residents. Carrie has an undergraduate degree in Public Law from Western Michigan University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
Carrie’s hope: That one day our nation grounds all policy decisions based on what is good for the many, as opposed to the few. Until then, we have work to do.