B.A., economics and sociology, Rice University, 1980
J.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1985
Mrs. Carlson earned a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and practiced law for a number of years. She is a partner in Carlson Capital, L.P., a member of the Rice University Board of Trustees and a board member of TACA, the Dallas Children's Theater and Texas Ballet Theater.