Irene Carroll is co-founder and principal of Funding the Gap, LLC. Her extensive development background combined with her philanthropic passion give her a distinctive advantage in working with charter schools and private schools to obtain necessary facility funding. She brings a valuable combination of 20+ years of management, construction design, planning, and financing expertise to Funding the Gap, making her uniquely knowledgeable in acquisition strategies, development and transaction structuring.
Ms. Carroll’s volunteer endeavors exemplify a love for advancing the lives of those who might otherwise be overlooked. She serves as a founding member on the Board of Vista College Preparatory, a K-5 Phoenix area charter school and is on the board of Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation. In her volunteer role with Rancho Feliz, she served as Project Manager for a decade-long undertaking in the Vecinos Dignos housing community in Agua Prieta, Mexico, overseeing the design and construction of the community complete with education and child care facilities. For this role, Ms. Carroll was awarded national recognition as Outstanding Woman of the Year in Construction in 2004 by Arizona State University and the National Association of Women in Construction. Irene obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso, is a Certified Public Accountant, and is a proud alumnus of the Honorary Commander Program at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Irene has also run the New York Marathon and has participated in several of Rancho Feliz’s grueling, multi-day, extreme bicycling fund raising events.