James Dondero, president of Highland Capital Management, L.P., has joined forces with Linda Owen, Dallas civic leader, to provide strategic guidance to Highland’s philanthropic activities. James Dondero has over three decades of experience in the credit and equity markets. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia with majors in Accounting and Finance. After graduation, he earned additional certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. James and Mark Okada founded Highland Capital in 1993.
Linda Owen earned a BA in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Owen was a real estate associate with the law firm Wald, Harkrader & Ross before becoming involved with philanthropic organizations such as the Crystal Charity Ball, The Family Place and the Circuit Trail Company. Owen was president and CEO of The Real Estate Council and president and CEO of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.
Highland Capital, L.P. is an SEC-registered investment advisor that is one of the most experienced global alternative credit managers, which, together with its affiliates, manages more than $17 billion of assets. Highland is active in supporting veterans’ causes, education, and health care in the Dallas community. It contributes more than $3 million annually to many charitable organizations through the Dallas Foundation, a public charity that works to improve lives in North Texas by bringing together donors and nonprofits. Owen will serve as Highland’s charitable giving manager in partnership with The Dallas Foundation. Dondero stated that they wanted a dedicated professional to make sure Highland’s contributions make the greatest impact. Owen is pleased to work with a firm that is committed to supporting the community.