Founder & President
The Surge Institute
Carmita Semaan is Founder and President of The Surge Institute. The Surge Fellowship the Institute’s signature program is transforming education by training supporting connecting and elevating emerging education leaders of color and now boasts a network of over 290 alumni and current fellows. Though founded in Chicago in 2014 Carmita has led Surge’s national expansion to five cities and relationships with a plethora of strategic partners including Bloomberg Philanthropies Carnegie Corporation of NY Walton Family Foundation Schusterman Family Philanthropies The Margulf Family Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative among others. Carmita’s expertise is supporting and elevating the genius of emerging and seasoned leaders - particularly women and people of color - and shining a light on the brilliance and ingenuity that is too often overlooked and untapped in solving systemic issues. Her guiding principle is the connection of head heart and soul in leadership to drive sustainable impact and lasting partnerships.Though now residing in Los Angeles Carmita was raised in Birmingham AL and proudly professes that her hometown made her who she has become. Birmingham’s history has greatly shaped what she feels called to do and the hustle horsepower and heart she exhibits while doing it.