Nadine Marsh Carter Biography
My life has been committed to advocating for children who are vulnerable and at risk. I believe that all children have great potential to become awesome students, responsible young adults and ultimately, thriving citizens. I am a 40+ year resident of Church Hill who attended schools in the East End as well as the North Side. After high school, I received both a BA and law degree from the University of Richmond.
I am a Richmond Public Schools parent whose daughter attends Richmond Community High School. In addition, I served as the PTA President when she was attending Linwood Holton Elementary School.
Currently I am the President of Children’s Home Society of Virginia (CHS), an adoption agency which finds families for at-risk children and which serves youth who have aged out of foster care. Prior to leading CHS, I was the Executive Director of Volunteer Families, a nonprofit organization which provided emergency shelter to abandoned children. Before leading nonprofit organizations, I practiced law for several years at Hill, Tucker & Marsh Law Firm.
In addition to having a career focused on promoting better outcomes for at-risk children, I have dedicated countless hours as a child advocate. Volunteering in a variety of community service roles and supporting at organizations like Church Hill Activities & Tutoring (CHAT), Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), and CHS.
Last year I was proud to be appointed by Governor McAuliffe as a Trustee of the Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia (FACT). I was also selected to be a Hull Fellow in Philanthropy by the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Currently I serve on the Board of the Virginia Premier Health Plan and as an Executive Mentor for the Nonprofit Learning Point. I am also a member of the Virginia State Bar.
My nonprofit leadership experience also includes service on the Boards of the National Network for Youth Policy Council and on the Mid Atlantic Network for Youth, as well as service as a Trustee of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation and member of the Old Dominion Bar Association.
I have also been a presenter on child advocacy topics at several professional and academic venues. This includes speaking at the National Network for Youth Symposium in Washington D.C., the Business Women’s Network Leadership Summit, the National Host Homes Conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Westhampton College and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies.
I am a member of the Cedar Street Baptist Church of God, where I currently serve on the Operation Renovation Committee.