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. In 2005, Blunt-Carter relocated from New Jersey back to her home state of Delaware after receiving her Masters degree in Social Work at Rutgers University in 2003. Accepting a position as a projects manager in the Senate office of then U.S. Senator Joe Biden, Blunt-Carter created programs to support nonprofits, coordinated workshops, seminars and conferences, and served 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.
In 2008, Blunt-Carter was selected to be one of the fifty state directors for the 2008 Obama/Biden Presidential campaign. Responsible for the creation, overall operation, and supervision of the statewide activities, she engaged and involved various constituencies 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, provided supervision to staff on the day-to-day operations, and recruited over 1,000 volunteers to perform grassroots outreach efforts in Delaware and surrounding states of 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.
A desire to impact communities in a more direct fashion was the impetus for her to make the difficult decision of leaving the White House and returning to direct practice activities focused on social issues related to health and education. In 2011 as the Director of Community Planning and Policy Development at the Delaware HIV Consortium, Blunt-Carter worked on projects that helped to 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.
In 2012, Blunt-Carter became the senior advisor and communications director for Delaware's Insurance Commissioner. In addition to assisting the insurance commissioner in shaping policy proposals and initiatives, she acted as the point person for all communications for the Delaware Department of Insurance. Additionally, she represented the Insurance Commissioner and the Insurance Department as a liaison to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services during the implementation and inaugural enrollment period of President Obama's historic Affordable Care Act.
In January 2015, Blunt-Carter began teaching full-time at Rutgers-Camden and has been appointed to serve as the Camden campus coordinator for the School of Social Work. As a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University, she has decided to fulfill both passions by preparing future leaders to become agents of change and supporting those in leadership to best serve their communities.