Alice Walton is a committed patron of the arts and philanthropist, recognized by TIME magazine as one of the most influential people in the world (2012). She led the Walton Family Foundation’s founding of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and serves as Chairwoman of the museum’s Board of Directors. Since opening in 2011, the museum has welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors.
Located in her hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas, Crystal Bridges is among several of Ms. Walton’s transformative projects. She was a driving force in the development of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, improving transportation infrastructure throughout the region. She also established Camp War Eagle, which offers Northwest Arkansas children of differing socio-economic backgrounds an exceptional summer camp experience.
Ms. Walton has had an extensive career in finance, including the founding of the investment bank Llama Company. She is also a former breeder and owner of championship cutting horses.
Ms. Walton holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University and an honorary Doctor of Arts and Humane Letters from the University of Arkansas.