Carla McDonald The Salonniere

Carla is the founder and editor in chief of The Salonniere. An active philanthropist who has been throwing soirées since she was a girl living in Europe, Carla has chaired, hosted, and attended hundreds of events, from elaborate galas and international balls to parties at The White House. Soon to be featured in an entertaining book published by Rizzoli, Carla has appeared in media outlets, including Town & Country, Veranda, Elle Decor, Women’s Wear Daily, Southern Living, Real Simple, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

George Clooney and Carla McDonald of The Salonniere

Prior to founding The Salonniere in 2014, Carla spent more than 20 years in marketing, first in New York City where she had a successful career in public relations and then in Texas where she had her own thriving PR firm for 10 years. While working in New York, PR Week magazine named Carla “one of the 50 best PR people in the country” and Crain’s New York Business included her on the list of the city’s “40 under-40 business people to watch.”  Today, Carla splits her time between her homes in Austin, Texas, where she has been called “Austin’s queen of entertaining,” and Nantucket, Massachusetts. A former magazine columnist and television host, Carla wishes she could go back in time to attend Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball. Her favorite party trick is analyzing handwriting and gin is her giggle water of choice.