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Carolyn A. Newham, J.D.

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
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Favorite quote
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead
Favorite Aspect of CFT
"There are so many wonderful opportunities and experiences I've had at CFT, but my favorite part of my job is the people I meet. We work with some of the most thoughtful, committed and creative philanthropists anywhere, and helping them achieve their charitable goals and build their legacies is a joy and a calling. Adding to that my fellow professionals at CFT, I truly believe I have the best job."
Joined CFT

As CFT’s general counsel, Carolyn leads all legal and compliance-related activities across the Foundation, including support for Educate Texas and coordinating with outside counsel. She also serves as CFT’s corporate secretary in support of governance functions and board meetings.

Additionally, Carolyn supports CFT’s fundraising efforts, oversees gifts of complex assets, works closely with professional advisors and manages fund administration.

Before joining CFT in 2011, Carolyn worked at Dallas CASA as the development and finance director, as well as for Texas CASA and the University of Tulsa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a J.D. from the University of Tulsa.


Carolyn serves as a board member for RISD Excellence in Education Foundation, is a Junior League of Dallas Sustainer and an active community volunteer.

Carolyn’s Favorites
Education, children, and environmental conservation and sustainability
Local Restaurant
Shinsei, Bolsa, Wabi House, Fernando's
Place to take out-of-towners
The Perot, the Arboretum, the Zoo, Klyde Warren Park, the Star, Trinity Groves
Traveling to new places, spending time with family and friends, and I'm a voracious reader

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