New AtlanticistMar 8, 2021
Lessons from women in leadership: A celebration of International Women’s Day
By Mary Prakas and Will O'Brien
In celebration of International Women’s Day and in continuation of our mission to foster the next generation of global leaders and change agents, the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Leadership Program asked women leaders in politics, finance, energy, non-profit management, and philanthropy to highlight the importance of women in leadership roles and share the lessons they have learned over the course of their careers.
Carrie Kolasky was senior vice president of Advancement and Partnerships at the Atlantic Council overseeing day-to-day development operations as well as providing strategic guidance on issues relevant to the Council’s overall direction as a part of the senior management team. Carrie is a development professional with more than 20 years of experience with some of Washington’s leading policy and advocacy organizations. She brings more than two decades of recognized experience in fundraising strategies from corporations, foundations, and high-worth individuals.
Prior to joining the Council, she was the founding vice president of Development at the Urban Institute for three-and-a-half years building and leading a strong and capable team of professional staff, strengthening the office’s infrastructure and securing new institutional support from foundations, corporations and individuals. She has extensive development experience, with work ranging from development directorships to external affairs to political fundraising. She spent more than 10 years at the Brookings Institution, where she most recently served as the deputy director and external affairs officer for the Metropolitan Policy Program, helping build the program, provide strategic direction, and manage operations. She has also held directorships at the American Cancer Society Foundation and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.
Carrie holds a BA degree with a major in political science from the University of Mary Washington and attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program in state and local leadership. She serves on the board of directors at the Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, DC and at the Global Institute on Innovation Districts. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and three children.