Russell L. Carson

Russell L Carson

Russell L. Carson ’67
Chairman, The Carson Family Charitable Trust, New York
Chair Emeritus, Board of Overseers

Russell Carson received a BA degree in economics from Dartmouth College in 1965 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1967.

Since 1978, Mr. Carson has been a general partner of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS), one of the country’s largest private investment firms, which he co-founded. WCAS has raised over $20 billion of capital in 16 limited partnerships over the past 37 years and specializes in investing in companies in the information technology and healthcare industries.

From 1967 to 1978, he was employed by the Citicorp Venture Capital subsidiary of Citicorp and served as its chairman and chief executive officer from 1974 to 1978.

Active in community affairs, Mr. Carson is chairman of The Rockefeller University, co-chairman of the New York Genome Center, vice chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a trustee of the New York-Presbyterian Health System, a director of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, and chairman of the Partnership for Inner-City Education. He also serves as chairman of The Carson Family Charitable Trust, a private foundation which he started with his family in 1991 that focuses on education, healthcare, poverty, and quality of life issues in New York City.