James Dondero is the Co-Founder and President of Highlands Capital Management (HCM). He has more than 30 years of experience in credit and equity markets. He co-founded HCM in 1993. The company is a pioneer in the development of Collateralized Loan Obligation market and credit-oriented solutions for investors.
James is also a Certified Management Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He studied accounting and finance at the University of Virginia. James worked as the Chief Investment Officer of GIC’s Protective Life subsidiary from 1989 to 1993. He serves on the Board of Directors of several companies.
James recently teamed up with Linda Owen, Dallas civic leader and former President of The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. The partnership was aimed at providing strategic direction to Highland’s philanthropic activities as the firm continues to expand its charitable program.
As part of the partnership deal, Linda Owen will serve as the company’s charitable giving manager, and will operate in partnership with The Dallas Foundation. James said that his company recognizes the need for a committed professional who would ensure that their contributions make a greater impact as they expanded their philanthropic services. He further said that Linda Owen has a proven track record of excellence and building effective public-private partnerships in Dallas. James continued by saying that Linda also shares their vision for making an immediate difference in the society.
Highlands Capital Management donates more than three million dollars annually to charitable organizations through the Dallas Foundation. These funds are aimed at supporting veterans’ causes, health care, education, and the Dallas community. Some of the beneficiaries of these funds are the Dallas Zoo and Uplift Education. James guides most of those organizations through leadership services and board roles.
Linda said that Highland’s philanthropic commitment is more than funding. She stated that the employees readily give their time and energy as active board members to come up with solutions to the problems that the non-profit organizations face. She expressed her delight in working with Highlands Capital Management. Linda has been involved in many philanthropic organizations in the Dallas area.