Carrie E. Walton Penner

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Carrie Walton Penner

Quick facts

Family: Daughter of Rob Walton. Married to Greg Penner; four children
Age: 43 (born August 12, 1970)
Residence: Atherton, CA; home is valued at $20.6 million. Walton Penner and her husband Greg Penner also own a $7.5 million home in Carmel, CA. They are clients of luxury landscape architect Ron Herman, who was once described in Fortune magazine as “gardener to the plutocracy.”

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Unknown. However, her father Rob Walton has an estimated net worth of $34.2 billion (as of March 2014). In addition, her husband Greg Penner manages Madrone Capital Partners, an investment firm “affiliated with S. Robson Walton and other [Walton] family members.” Madrone’s investments include a $1 billion investment in the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, a $33 million investment in the failed search engine Cuil, and a stake in the bankrupt solar energy company Solyndra, which was raided by the FBI in September 2011.

Educational and professional background


  • High School: Governor Dummer Academy (Massachusetts; now known as the Governor’s Academy), 1988
  • BA, Georgetown University, Economics and History
  • MA, Stanford University School of Education, 1997


Walton Penner, a stay-at-home parent, supports the “school choice” education reform movement, seeking to shift resources from public education to privately-funded options or impose market economic frameworks on public education. One summary biography of her explains that the Walton Family Foundation, of which she is a board member, “believes that the best way to achieve continuous and sustainable improvements in K–12 schools is to create competition among schools by empowering parents to choose among them.”

Her previous jobs have included:

  • Program Officer for Education, Walton Family Foundation
  • Research Analyst for an evaluation of the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers
  • Evaluator, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Consultant, Willowbrook International Preschool, Tokyo, Japan

Political giving

Walton Penner is an active donor to politicians at both the federal and state level, and has used her wealth to promote political causes in states she doesn’t live in.

Federal contributions

Walton Penner has been an active donor to politicians running for federal office. She gave the most during the 2004 election cycle, when she gave more than $100,000 to politicians—97% to Republican candidates.

Examples of state-level contributions

  • Louisiana: In October 2011, Walton Penner and her husband Greg Penner each donated $5,000 to Kira Orange Jones, a candidate for the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). Orange Jones, the Teach for America head in New Orleans who was elected to the BESE in this fall’s election, is said to have “[run] as the embodiment of post-Katrina reform efforts in New Orleans”—reform efforts that have been focused on charter schools and school privatization. Greg Penner is on the board of Teach for America.
  • Wisconsin: Walton Penner has funded Republican candidates for state office in Wisconsin, a state she doesn’t live in. As the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism reported in September 2011, Carrie Walton Penner was the second-largest individual contributor to winning state legislative candidates in the 2010 elections that put Republicans in control of the state government; six of the top ten donors were members of the Walton family. Under the first budget passed by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-majority legislature, funding for public schools was cut by $800 million over two years, while funding for programs that funnel public money to private schools increased by $17 million over two years.

Community connections

  • Walton Family Foundation: Board of Directors
  • The KIPP Foundation: Board Member. The KIPP Foundation is charged with growing the network of KIPP charter schools and provides supports and services for the KIPP network.
  • Alliance for School Choice: Board Member. The Alliance for School Choice is a 501(c)(3) school choice advocacy group affiliated with Republican activist Betsy DeVos.
  • American Federation for Children: Board Member. The American Federation for Children is the 501(c)(4) (lobbying/political) arm of the Alliance for School Choice.
  • California Charter Schools Association: Board Member; CCSA seeks to grow the number of publicly-funded charter schools in California.



  1. Al Carter says:

    to: Carrie E. Walton PenneExtreme rude security worker at wal-marts. Got to point that security said, to back away from wear I was standing. I refused. I told him once you better not put your hands on me for him to back away. Told him that if he put his hands on me, it would be an assault. His manner continued to be confrontational and no offer to be of help in anyway. Stood over my wife on the floor glaring and scoffing saying to my wife that’s a mac-donald receipt while my wife was on the floor looking for a receipt paid by ATM. I repeated a statement of obtaining a receipt from cash register several times I was trying to get my wife off the floor .He had my wife with her purse on the floor searching for a receipt. I was angry and used profanity. I stated if you touch put your hands on me a second time it would be self defense. By that time a second security arrived and heard me repeating my statements about the first officer putting his hands on me. The new man stated that was a treat. I said no that’s the law. The cocky first security repeatedly told me be back away, while he stood over my wife like she was a criminal. I said no. He said oh buddy you don’t know what I can do to you. He was deceptive trying o claim he worked for a security company. The manager confirmed he was a wal mart worker. He was not man enough to even to give his name so I could complain of him. My wife found the $12.00 receipt. I was told it was policy for years that wal-mart checks everyone for receipts. Debbie Tacker the store manager, apologized and defused the situation, after sending security away. I said I wanted an apology from the treating security worker. We had spent over $350:00 the week before pushing two carts out and not been harassed, many times we have left that store with no Gestapo techniques.
    I want wal mart nation wide to post signs clearly readable stating to keep your receipt out or to be humiliated and harassed. Further I want an apology from the rude worker, and extensive customer training for him As well as a monetary fine to him. I also want to know what steps have been taken.
    I am going to back a procedure on my back, and this event was greatly increased the pain I suffer, do to the added adrenaline one has in a fight or flight situation. The anger caused extreme adrenalin release in me forcing myself to walk in a way that was protective and painful for the protection of me and my wife
    I would like the email address of all the board members of wal-mart, and any suggestions.
    I refuse to spend my money their, Target is my new stores well as other local grocery stores.Thank you very much Al Carter. 510-239-8492.

  2. middleclassgirl says:

    Walmart sucks i never go there all stuff is cheap looking and ugly, by the way money is no good in hell!

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