Carl R. Lavender, Jr.

Chief Equity Officer


In his role as Chief Engagement and Advocate Officer, Carl R. Lavender, Jr. guides community investments including grants, partnerships and programs design, in alignment with the Foundation’s mission of racial and health equity. Carl will also play a key role in the community engagement work at the Center for Health Equity. The Center will serve as a new resource for people and organizations in Pinellas County to pursue opportunities for positive social change and address pressing local problems that impact community health and well-being.

Carl has made a notable career leading nonprofit organizations and initiatives. During the 33 years he spent with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, he raised millions of dollars and served thousands of youth and adults in Columbus, Ohio, Chicago and St. Petersburg. Prior to the Foundation, Carl served as Managing Officer – Workforce Innovation & Community Strategy, at Pinellas Technical College. He has also worked as a consultant to several nonprofits and government organizations and has been active on local task forces and boards of directors.

Carl holds a bachelor’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from The Ohio State University and a master’s in Human Services – Non-Profit Organizational Management (cum laude) from Springfield College in Massachusetts.