Carolina Darbisi, Ph.D.
Assistant Director and Senior Public Service Associate
Youth, Women, & Adult Leadership Development
(706) 542-8633


At the Fanning Institute, Carolina’s work focuses on designing innovative leadership programs to meet the needs of particular populations such as women, public health professionals, Latino and migrant groups. She designs and conducts applied research projects, principally in the form of program evaluation and needs assessment. In addition, as Assistant Director for Research and Evaluation, she provides leadership to the development and implementation of activities related to the strategic goal of continuous improvement, builds capacity among faculty to incorporate data-driven decision making and sets a clear vision for Fanning’s research and evaluation priorities to demonstrate the impact of leadership development.

Having joined the Fanning Institute in 2008, Carolina has more than 17 years of professional experience in leadership development, adult learning and nonprofit management with an extensive knowledge of Georgia and its needs; in particular, how the demographic changes influence the design, outreach and delivery of programs and initiatives across multiple communities.


  • 2012, Ph.D. in adult education, learning and organization development, University of Georgia
  • 2005, M.Ed. in adult education, University of Georgia
  • 2002, M.Sc. in technology management, Mercer University
  • 1997, B.Sc. in industrial engineering, UNEXPO, Venezuela

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