Damon Carson

Neighborhood House Association | Executive Vice President

Mr. Carson has spent his career gaining experiences that have steered him towards becoming an effective leader and advocate for some of the most vulnerable children and families in San Diego. Since 2000, Damon has been with the Neighborhood House Association in San Diego, CA. He joined the organization as a Compliance Analyst and has spent the last 15 years increasing his areas of responsibility within the Organization. Currently, he serves as the General Manager for Education, Instruction and Operation. He currently leads a team of 600 employees and manages a budget in excess of 80 million dollars annually. He is known for being an innovative and thoughtful leader with a passion for advocating for the country’s less fortunate individuals. He is best known for bringing a half billion dollars in federal funding for early childhood education through his leadership of the NHA Head Start program. Damon is active on the advocacy fronts at the regional and national level serving as Vice President of Region IX Head Start Association, and a founding member and Treasurer of the National Head Start Alumni Network. Damon completed his tenure as Vice Chair of National Head Start Association, and will commence his term as the recently elected Chair of the National Head Start Association. Mr. Carson holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University.