Marnie Dawson Carr is a lifelong member of Christ Church Greenwich, and four generations of her family have been involved in the parish since the 1940’s. Marnie has served on the Vestry and on many parish committees primarily related to Outreach, Long Range Planning, and Development. She headed the Annual Appeal as well as chaired or co-chaired the Capital Campaigns for the Tomes-Higgins Restoration, the Building of the Rectory, and the most recent ten-million dollar campaign to restore the main church buildings. For over forty years she has been highly active in the humanitarian assistance work of the national Episcopal Church and the international Anglican Communion. Professionally, as a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff, she directed the church’s Refugee and Migration Programs in the US and abroad and was the first Executive Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries. She has also had a 26-year for profit career as President and CEO of Dearfield Associates, Inc., a direct marketing and management consulting firm with over 200 employees. Since 1990, she has served the church as a Trustee of the Episcopal Church Building Fund, the Boards of Foreign Parishes, the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations, Berkeley Seminary at Yale, the Anglican Investment Agency, and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Anglican Communion Fund, a British charity of which she was a founder and for which she vice chairs its support. Since 2001 she has been President of the Board of St. Paul’s Within the Walls, the Episcopal church in Rome, Italy. She has also served on several secular local and national boards and was a Presidential Appointee by President Clinton with US Senate confirmation as a Director of the African Development Foundation, a bipartisan public corporation reporting to the US Congress.
Both of Marnie’s children, Alec Dawson and his wife Anne Noel, and Mandy Murphy and her husband Tim are members of the parish and were confirmed at Christ Church. Of her four grandchildren, Katherine, William and Robin were baptized at the parish while Marion and Katherine were both members of the St. Cecelia Choir and confirmed at Christ Church.