Metropolitan Policy Program

Carrie Kolasky
Deputy Director & External Affairs Officer, Metropolitan Policy Program


Carrie Kolasky is the deputy director and external affairs officer for the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She is part of the leadership and management team, responsible for providing strategic direction and advice to the Metro Program's programmatic agenda along with managing the day to day operations. Carrie is also responsible for overseeing fundraising activities, including annual and multi-year philanthropic, corporate and individual financial support and partnerships, donor relations and engagement opportunities, and the Metropolitan Leadership Council, along with communications and events.  

Prior to returning to Brookings, Carrie was the director of philanthropic strategies for the American Cancer Society Foundation, and spent several years as the director of development for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a national, non-profit founded by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter that focuses on inner city economic development strategies. Prior to her move to Boston, Carrie was the national development director for the New Democrat Network (NDN), a political action committee that raises funds for New Democrat Members of Congress and candidates. Carrie also spent three years at the Brookings Institution from 1997-2000. From 1999-2000, she was responsible for outreach and fundraising for the Institution’s corporate relations office and from 1997-1999 she worked in outreach and fundraising for the Metropolitan Policy Program.