J.W. Carpenter has served as Executive Director of the Birmingham Education Foundation (Ed) since September 2013. Before coming to Ed, Carpenter served as the founding Executive Director for Teach For America Alabama-a branch of the nationally-recognized organization committed to providing and advocating for high quality education for students in low-income communities.
Prior to his role with Teach For America, Carpenter was a litigator for the Birmingham law firm of Walston, Wells, and Birchall, LLP. Carpenter earned a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He serves on the boards of A+ Education Partnership, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, and the Blackburn Institute at the University of Alabama. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Birmingham, the GEAR UP-Birmingham Advisory Board, the UAB Center for Urban Education Advisory Board, and is in the fourth year of serving on the campaign cabinet for the United Way of Central Alabama. He was named Top 40 under 40 in Birmingham in 2010, and is an alumnus of the PARCA Roundtable, Leadership Birmingham, Leadership Alabama, and Leadership UAB. In 2016, Carpenter was selected for a weeklong fellowship in Strategic Nonprofit Management at Harvard by the Alabama Association of Nonprofits and the Birmingham alumni chapter of Harvard Business School. In 2018, Carpenter received a Vulcan Award honoring servant leadership. He is married to Becky and has two children (Jack and Kate) and two dogs (Murray and Ellie).