Carrie Milligan

Chief of Staff

PCA Staff

Carrie serves as the CEO’s principal aide in supporting and advancing PCA’s mission, vision, and goals. She partners closely with the CEO, the executive team, and the Board of Trustees on a variety of strategic initiatives. She oversees executive communications and manages a changing portfolio of high-priority projects from idea to execution.

A highly collaborative and adaptable administrator, Carrie has expertise in organizational change and project management in the areas of finance, administration, communications, institutional advancement, and governance. She has nearly two decades of experience supporting executives in higher education, primarily in the Office of the President at Mills College and as secretary of the Board of Trustees of the College in Oakland, CA. As an officer of the College, she served as a key thought partner to the President, the executive leadership team, and the board on critical institutional initiatives including a successful merger with Northeastern University in 2022.

Prior to joining Mills, Carrie served as the executive assistant to the founder and CEO of a film and television cosmetics company headquartered in Los Angeles where she supported business affairs, branding and marketing, manufacturing, and global distribution.

Carrie is passionate about girl’s and women’s empowerment and leadership, gender and racial justice, and educational access for first-generation and BIPOC populations. She is deeply committed to her family and spending time in nature backpacking, cycling, dancing, hiking, running, and skateboarding. She enjoys competing in organized athletic events, and has completed a half marathon, a triathlon, and the AIDS/LifeCycle, a 7 day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, benefiting San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Carrie lives in Oakland, CA with her partner, daughter, and mini-Australian Shepherd.