Teresa Carlson leads the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector business, which includes state, local, central and regional governments; educational institutions and Ed Techs; non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGO); and she advises Amazon Public Policy on global policy issues. Since starting AWS’s public sector business in 2010, Carlson has driven the business’ growth, which today accounts for 2,300 government, 7,000 education, and 22,000 nonprofit customers, and a vast partner ecosystem across all geographies.
Carlson dedicates time to philanthropic and leadership roles to support the global community. This includes service on the American Red Cross Chairman’s Advisory Council, The International Center for Missing & Exploited Children, USO of Metropolitan Washington Board of Directors, the Veteran Administration (VA) Advisory Committee, and Princeton University’s Infrastructure Board, among others. Carlson has received many honors over the years, including being named as one of Business Insider’s Most Important People in Cloud Computing, Washington Life’s Power 100 list, Washingtonian Tech Titan, and is a recipient of the 2016 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognizes individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion.
Prior to joining AWS, Carlson served as Vice President of Microsoft Federal Government, where she led the company’s US Federal Government business. Before moving into technology, Carlson worked in health care, as a practitioner and consultant initially, then as a business manager and area vice president, responsible for national accounts, marketing, and business development.
Carlson earned her undergraduate and Masters of Science degrees in Communications and Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University.