Glynda Carr '96

Glynda CarrGlynda Carr is an advocate and political strategist who co-founded Higher Heights, a rapidly growing national organization building the collective political power of Black women from the voting booth to elective office. Formerly, she was executive director of Education Voters of New York, a leading independent voice for school reform in the state. Carr was the youngest African American woman to run a statewide advocacy organization.

Prior to Education Voters, Carr was chief of staff to New York State Senator Kevin Parker. She managed the Senator's key initiatives and shaped policy around youth and economic development for the newly created 21st Senatorial district. Carr was also campaign manager for two of Parker’s successful re-election campaigns.

Carr has also held senior management positions with key national organizations, including the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America. She is a sought-after speaker whose writing has appeared on numerous websites. Carr has also appeared as a guest on numerous national media outlets. In 2018, she was named to Essencemagazine’s “Woke 100” list.

At UHart, Carr was a member of Brothers and Sisters United, where she served as vice-president during her third year, and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She  graduated from the University's The Hartt School in 1996, majoring in music management, and resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.