Board Member

Carra Cote-AckahCarra Cote-Ackah, a fifth generation Andrus family member, joined the Surdna board of trustees in 2009. She also served on the Andrus Family Fund board for six years, the last two as board chair.

Presently Carra serves as head of Community Involvement at The Vanguard Group, where she leads the  company's philanthropic and volunteer programs. Previously she was a Director at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy; she transitioned to a Senior Fellow role to provide ongoing help to donors and impact investors seeking to move from good intentions to high impact. She also serves as a Chair within Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Thriving Communities and Social Engagement Networks, whose membership includes 4,000+ global leaders focused on social issues.


Ms. Cote-Ackah holds a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University, a M.A. from Duke University, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she was also awarded the Morgenthau Public Administration Fellowship in support of excellence in public interest and public policy.

Ms. Cote-Ackah and her husband live in Bryn Mawr, PA, with their three children. She is also active within her family’s business, the Cote Family Companies, which has lodging, hospitality, and recreational holdings in Arizona and Minnesota.

Fostering sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.