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Carla Carlson is Executive Director for the UMore Development LLC at the University of Minnesota.
Carlson manages activities related to the planning and development of the University’s 5,000-acre UMore Park property on the edge of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In particular, she is responsible for ensuring that University research, education and public engagement are integrated into the planning and development of this unique, sustainable community of ultimately 20,000 to 30,000 people.
Prior to her current appointment, Carlson was Assistant Vice President for Statewide Strategic Resource Development, addressing aspects of the University’s role in economic development. She served as Assistant Vice President of Agricultural Policy and Chief of Staff in the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences from 2000 to 2006. From 1996 to 2000, she worked at the University’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs as Associate Director of the Orville and Jane Freeman Center on International Economic Policy. At the Freeman Center she addressed issues relating to agriculture, international development and rural development in Minnesota.
Carlson came to the University of Minnesota in 1996 from her position as Assistant Executive Director of the Board on Agriculture at the National Academies-National Research Council in Washington, D.C. Prior to her 10 years at the National Research Council, where she focused on national policy issues relating to agriculture, food and natural resources, she worked as a science reporter and editor for news organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.
Among other contributions, Carlson is a director on the board of Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc., and serves on the executive committee of the Minnesota Regional Economic Development Group, which is sponsored by the Blandin and McKnight Foundations. She holds undergraduate degrees in biology and journalism; a master's degree in liberal studies, with an emphasis on the interface of science and religion; and is pursuing a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration.