Carly Carstens is a Program Officer for Eden Hall Foundation. She works closely with her colleagues to support organizations working to improve the lives of those living in our region. Carly brings a background in both academic research and non-profit program development and fundraising, giving her great empathy for non-profit leaders as she works to support them throughout the grantmaking process. As a native of Pittsburgh, she has a deep love for the region.  

Carly brings a global mindset to local issues. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict studies from Colgate University, a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and her PhD in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability from S’cuola Superiore Sant’anna in Pisa, Italy. Her research focused on the reintegration process of female child soldiers in Colombia. 

Most recently, Carly was the Director of Development and Alumnae Engagement at The Ellis School. Prior roles include Assistant Director of Global Engagement at La Roche College, Program Officer at The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and Development and Outreach Coordinator at Gilda’s Club of Western PA. Carly also held visiting scholar positions at the Institute of Humanitarian Studies in Bogota, Colombia and at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her mix of insights is immensely valuable to the work of Eden Hall Foundation. 

She and her family make their home in Squirrel Hill.