Cecily M. Carson is a fashion industry figure and philanthropic donor. She is the president of the Carson Family Charitable Trust  and founded CMC Jewelry Designs, Inc.  She is a member of several nonprofit boards and has been a political contributor mostly to Democratic political candidates.  
Cecily M. Carson is the president of the Carson Family Charitable Trust, a private grantmaking foundation.  She is the daughter of Russell L. Carson — a private equity advisor, and founding partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson, and Stowe — who founded the family trust.  
The trust focuses on education, poverty, healthcare, and culture.  The Trust largely funds left-leaning organizations, most notably the Robin Hood Foundation, to which it donated $4.75 million. 
She previously worked at Andrew Edson & Associates, Inc., a corporate and financial public and investor relations firm in New York, for two years. 
Carson has been employed by her family’s foundation in various capacities since 2000. 
Further, Carson has been a trustee of The Museum of Arts and Design, the Excellence Girls and Excellence Boys Charter Schools of Bedford-Stuyvesant; a director of The New York City Charter School Center; a board member of the Robin Hood Foundation; a member of the President’s Leadership Council at Dartmouth College, and the New York Public Library’s Library Council. 
Most of Carson’s political donations have gone to Democrats, but she has donated some to Republican candidates. 
She donated $4,000 to the campaigns of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), since 2021 the Senate majority leader.  She further contributed $2,000 to the Murphy Victory Committee for Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) in 2018  and $1,000 to the campaign of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), in 2013.