Co-Founder, Managing Director
Carrie Stewart has been working over fifteen years to improve the connection between academic and fiscal strategies in America’s public schools. Her principal experience is in financial planning, funding equity, 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 support America’s public education organizations by aligning finance with organizational strategies – to sustain effective academic initiatives. To accomplish this mission, Afton collaborates with school districts, state and local education agencies, charter school operators, and social venture philanthropists and other reform-minded investors in public education.
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. Carrie co-led the start-up and expansion of a CMO as its founding Chief Operating Officer, establishing all of the network’s non-instructional operations and welcoming some of the first returning families home. While living in New Orleans, Carrie also served as Interim Treasurer of the New Orleans Public Schools. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, Carrie spent five years in Arthur Andersen’s corporate restructuring group in Chicago.
Carrie serves on several non-profit boards and steering committees in a personal commitment to public education reform in historically underserved communities.
Carrie earned her BBA in Finance at the University of Notre Dame, with a second major in French. Carrie is a CFA charterholder.