He has been an operating executive and venture capital investor for most of his career. He is currently Executive Chairman of Sawgrass, a developer of digital industrial inkjet technologies and cloud-based mass customization software. He has a family-owned wine business in the Napa Valley called Blue Oak.
Mr. Carnevale is the Founder and Chairs the Advisory Board of the UCSF Dyslexia Center which is translating cutting edge neuroscience to enable precision learning. The Center has partners with many schools including the Charles Armstrong School, where he served as President and is a Special Emeritus Trustee.
He is a Founder and co-Chairs Breaking-Barriers-by-8, working together with schools, other non-profits, corporations and foundations to achieve 100% literacy for all by age 8.
Mr. Carnevale serves on the Boards of many other education non-profits, including Learning Ally, the SERP Institute, Boon Philanthropy, Life Learning Academy, Diverse Learners Coalition, and the George Archer Foundation for Literacy. He is an advisor to ESO Ventures, a social venture fund in Oakland CA for community workforce development of unrepresented populations.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan College of Engineering. As a Founder of the UM Center for Entrepreneurship, he is the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award.
For local community work, he is the former President and Emeritus Chairman of The Olympic Club Foundation, whose mission is to support disadvantaged youth sports programs that develop future community leaders.