Carolyn Holmes Lee '97

Carolyn Holmes Lee ’97

"I attribute a lot of what I’ve been able to achieve both professionally and personally to the lessons learned in my athletic career. Those lessons alone make me a loyal O&B member.”

As senior director for tax policy at the largest manufacturing association in the United States, Carolyn Holmes Lee ’97 handles domestic tax issues facing both large and small manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. She acquired many of the capabilities she brings to this role as an athlete at Gettysburg.

“My experience playing field hockey and lacrosse gave me confidence, the ability to remain calm under pressure, skills of leadership and team building, and—most important—the strength to persevere in the face of adversity,” says Lee.

Her studies as a political science major were also instrumental in preparing for her career. “The courses I took furthered my understanding of both policymaking and the political arena and served as a solid basis for my entry into this field through a Capitol Hill internship during the summer prior to my senior year,” she says.

Today: Lee gives to the O&B Fund as a donor and as a member of the O&B Advisory Council out of gratitude both for what she learned and for the Gettysburg community that meant so much to her. “The experiences I had in the classroom and on the playing field helped shape the person I am today,” says Lee, “so giving back in as many ways as possible is the least I can do.”


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