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Walton Family Foundation Names General Counsel

November 1, 2021
Christie Yang will lead the foundation’s legal operations as the organization advances new five-year strategy

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 1, 2021 – The Walton Family Foundation appointed Christie Yang as general counsel. Yang will lead legal operations to advance the organization’s goals and impact.

Most recently, Yang served as the foundation’s interim general counsel. Before joining the Walton Family Foundation, Yang was associate general counsel at the Brookings Institution, where she advised top-ranked research programs and navigated complex issues across multiple foreign offices and strategic partnerships worldwide. She was a litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP, representing numerous Fortune 100 tech and financial services clients in high-stakes, high-profile litigation and investigations earlier in her career.

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“Christie brings deep legal expertise and experience working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to her new role,” said Walton Family Foundation executive director Caryl M. Stern. “Her extensive knowledge and understanding of the foundation’s operations give her unique insight in the issues we work to solve and are essential to fulfilling our mission to create access to opportunity for the people and communities we serve.”

Yang will guide the foundation’s use of philanthropic tools to maximize the strategic impact of the foundation’s program areas and departments. In this capacity, she will also serve as an advisor to the executive director, support engagement with the Board of Directors and work collaboratively with the foundation’s leadership team.

Yang received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. She serves on the leadership team for the Association of Corporate Counsel Nonprofit Organizations Network.

About the Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation is, at its core, a family-led foundation. Three generations of the descendants of our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, and their spouses, work together to lead the foundation and create access to opportunity for people and communities. We work in three areas: improving K-12 education, protecting rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and investing in our home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.