Carol Burdette is the chief executive officer for the United Way of Anderson County, which provides services for almost 60,000 people in the county in northwest South Carolina. Although the area is rapidly growing, 30,000 people in the county live in poverty including almost a quarter of the children under 18. The organization helps fund 31 programs and about 2,000 people volunteer more than 12,000 hours a year for various efforts.
Carol is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, a graduate of Leadership South Carolina class of 2000, and a former mayor of Pendleton, South Carolina.
She has served on the boards of Anderson University, Spartanburg Methodist College, Sister Cities International and the Anderson Oconee Pickens Mental Health Board. Her long resume of community service includes work with, among other groups, the South Carolina Municipal Association, AdvanceSC, the YMCA, Rotary and the South Carolina Association of Nonprofits.