Recently, James Dondero teamed up with Linda Owen to enhance Highland’s philanthropic initiatives. James is the co-founder of Highland Capital Management. Linda is the former executive of The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.
In her new undertaking, Linda will serve as the charitable giving manager of Highland Capital. She will operate in partnership with the Dallas Foundation. This foundation oversees Highland’s charitable giving fund. While announcing Linda’s appointment, James Dondero said that there was need to enlist the services of a professional who would make the company’s contributions have the greatest impact. He continued to say that Linda had vast experience in building sound public-private partnerships in Dallas and shared the company’s vision for making a difference in the community.
Each year, Highland contributes over $3 million to different charitable organizations. The Dallas Foundation is responsible for allocating the donations to support education, veterans, health care and the larger Dallas community. Beneficiaries of Highland’s charitable giving funds are the Center for Brain Health, The George W. Bush Presidential library and Museum, the Dallas Zoo, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Uplift Education among many others. James and other executives of Highland provide guidance to the various organizations that Highland Capital support.
While accepting her new role, Linda posited that the employees of Highland are always looking for extra ways of supporting the noble causes put forth by the different institutions. She reiterated her happiness for working alongside employees having the passion to give.
With experience in equity and credit market spanning over 3 decades, James Dondero is well versed with management of capital. In his career, James has zeroed in on distressed and high-yield investing. As the president of Highland Capital, James pioneered in developing the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market. In addition, the co-founder of Highland developed innovative credit oriented solutions for retail and institutional investors across the globe.
The Accounting and Finance graduate from the esteemed University of Virginia has pursed and excelled in different professional courses. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). At Highland, James has led in creating different award winning products. These products include CLOs, REITs, private equity funds, ETFs, institutional separate accounts, hedge funds and mutual funds.