Carrie Stewart

Co-Founder, Managing Director

  • Biography

Carrie Stewart has been working over fifteen years in K-12 education, early childhood, and higher education. Her principal experience is in financial planning, funding equity and school funding methodologies, fiscal transparency, financial management and operations, financial sustainability, and organizational planning initiatives.

Carrie co-founded Afton Partners with Scott Milam in 2011, and currently serves as the firm’s CEO. Afton Partners’ mission is to empower education leaders with effective financial strategies. Carrie has led several dozen consulting and research engagements while at Afton, including work on behalf of state education agencies, governor’s offices, school districts, charter management organizations, and philanthropies. This work spans large-scale and smaller-scale projects on funding formulas, fiscal transparency, innovative school models, and financial sustainability.

Carrie is the founding Board Chair of EPIC Academy, a public charter high school in the South Chicago community of Chicago, Illinois. She served on the steering committee for New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) during its founding year, and currently serves as Board Member of North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School in Chicago, Illinois. Carrie is frequently consulted to provide trainings for charter school leaders, school district leaders, and state education officers on education finance topics and has contributed to several published studies and articles in the field of education finance.

Prior to establishing Afton, Carrie was a Senior Director at Alvarez & Marsal. From July 2005 to March 2007, Carrie helped in the rebuilding of the public school system in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, Carrie spent five years in Arthur Andersen’s corporate restructuring group in Chicago. She earned her BBA in Finance with a second major in French and is a CFA charter holder.