Carolyn Purcell

Founder,
Domitila Barrios de Chuagara

Carolyn Purcell has a long-standing interest in social justice and international issues. For over 20 years, Ms. Purcell worked as a family nurse practitioner both in the San Francisco Bay Area community clinics and with the United Farm Workers unions in the San Joaquin Valley. In 1980-1981, she worked in the Eastern rain forest area of Bolivia by training health workers. Her further interest in Latin America brought her to Chile in 1981 and to Chiapas in 1995 as part of human rights delegations. In 1994, Carolyn and her husband, Steve Purcell, started the Domitila Barrios de Chungara Fund, in honor of unacknowledged, courageous and strong women who work for social justice every day of their lives. The Vanguard Foundation in San Francisco distributes the resources of this Fund to national, international and environmental organizations that honor and support the social justice, economic equity, and environmental sustainability efforts of individuals in their own communities. Over the past five years, Ms. Purcell has been interested in educational equity and achievement gap issues for students of color, both in private and public schools. She lives in Mountain View with her husband and two teenage daughters, Megan and Colleen.