Carol Grodzins

Carol Grodzins

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Name: Carol Grodzins
Organization: Ashoka
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Title: Former Ashoka Vice President, Global Fellowship
Bio:
Carol’s professional life has been at the conjunction of international development, health and public policy. Carol served in the Peace Corps as a primary school teacher in rural Sarawak, E. Malaysia. The experience led her to study how to create healthy communities at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Studying and practicing as a nurse, later she became President of a statewide, nurse-led and owned non-profit organization promoting family-centric obstetrics. In the 1980s, Carol spearheaded the development of the Massachusetts Committee for a Nuclear Weapons Freeze, because she saw nuclear war as the number one public health threat. In 1989, Carol joined the Harvard Institute for International Development's macroeconomic and food policy group. Carol co-launched the Program on NGOs and their role in international development, and a new degree program, the Master of Public Policy in International Development at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Carol also completed a Master of Public Administration, concentrating on International Development and Health. Carol joined Ashoka as Vice President and Change Leader of the Global Fellowship in 2000. Now retired, Carol has moved to Chiang Mai Thailand, teaches social change and enjoys the friendship of Asian Ashoka Fellows, colleagues, and her former students.