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Elspeth Nelson

Director, Property and Facilities
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Favorite quote
“Plan your work and work your plan.”
— Attributed To Lots Of People, But I Heard It Most From My Dad
Favorite Aspect of CFT
"I love working at CFT because of the mission. Everyone here is so focused on executing their work with excellence and they exude such pride and happiness while doing so."
Joined CFT

As the director of property and facilities, Elspeth creates, implements and executes policies and procedures relating to real estate and CFT facilities. She also supervises operations of Caruth Homeplace, including renovations, public tours and management of leases and tenant relations for CFT-owned spaces leased to other foundations.

Prior to joining CFT, Elspeth spent almost nine years working at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, most recently as the vice president of facility operations. She was responsible for the day-to-day nonhorticultural operations of the garden, and she managed special projects including the 12 Days of Christmas exhibit.

Elspeth holds a bachelor of science from the University of Texas–Arlington.


At the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Elspeth is on the stewardship and missions committees and she is a deacon.

Elspeth’s Favorites
Local Restaurant
Amigo's Comida Casera, Afrah, Sushi Sake, Masami, Jeng Chi
Place to take out-of-towners
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Kimbell Art Museum
Our family loves the cultural aspects of travel. We enjoy running, hiking, the performing arts, and watching college baseball.

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