Eileen Caruso has extensive experience in guiding the sound finance and operations management of non-profit and for-profit organizations. She has contributed her expertise in a diverse array of leadership roles in higher education, the performing arts, and afterschool education.
Caruso develops training programs for the National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance, with a focus on strengthening the business practices of child care providers across the country. She is also co-director of the Rhode Island Center for Early Learning Professionals, overseeing its administrative operations as well as developing and delivering professional development for providers in Rhode Island.
Previously, Caruso oversaw the Fiscal Consulting Initiative for the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO). In this capacity, she led a collaborative effort with Head Start Regional Offices to provide targeted fiscal consulting support to Head Start grantees around the country. With colleagues, she also developed and presented an array of fiscal resources and materials.
For six years, Caruso has been a steering committee member of the Boston Nonprofit Finance Managers Group. Previously, she served as a board member for the Arlington Children’s Theatre and the Azuka Theatre.
Before joining EDC, Caruso was the director of finance and administration for Interaction Institute for Social Change, a nonprofit consulting company providing facilitation and training services to nonprofits and foundations around the world. She also served as the associate managing director for finance and administration for the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, where she established an information technology plan and led senior staff members in a strategic planning process and development of a master facilities plan.
Caruso has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an MEd from the University of Pennsylvania, and has completed coursework at Wharton School of Business.