Faculty & Staff
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
MSW, Rutgers University BA, University of Delaware
Marla Blunt-Carter has committed her life to serving others. A product of a socially conscious and civic-minded family, she was exposed to many change agents in her childhood and decided at an early age to pursue a profession in public service. She worked on her first political campaign at the age of nine and has remained involved in community organizing and political action ever since. Blunt-Carter has been teaching full time at Rutgers-Camden since January 2015 and is the Camden campus coordinator for the School of Social Work. As a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BA in political science and recipient of an MSW from Rutgers School of Social Work, she fulfills her passions for teaching, practice, and politics by preparing future leaders to become change agents and supporting leaders to best serve their communities.
In addition to teaching, Blunt-Carter's career has included numerous positions in politics and practice. In 2005, she worked as a projects manager in the Senate office of then U.S. Senator Joe Biden, creating programs to support nonprofits, coordinating workshops, seminars and conferences, and serving as the office liaison to local government officials and other community stakeholders. She later served as the director of constituent services in the Senate office and supervised the casework operations and constituent outreach efforts.
Blunt-Carter was selected to be one of the fifty state directors for the 2008 Obama/Biden presidential campaign. She was responsible for the creation, operation, and supervision of statewide activities and opened a campaign headquarters where all were welcome. She also served as a local surrogate and representative for the national campaign, organized fundraising events, developed a local media and communications strategy, supervised staff on day-to-day operations, and recruited over 1,000 volunteers to perform grassroots outreach in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Success in this role and experience in social work led to an opportunity for Blunt-Carter to serve in the Obama administration as a senior agency liaison in the Executive Office of the President.
Later, as the director of community planning and policy development at the Delaware HIV Consortium, Blunt-Carter worked on projects that helped shape policy, inform communities, and create programs to assist clients, service providers, and organizations. She was also responsible for the facilitation of the statewide planning council as well as the oversight of the implementation of the 2010 National AIDS Strategy.