The Kenan Institute Director’s Council serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among corporate executives, academic researchers and leading policymakers committed to leveraging private enterprise for the public good.
Through a variety of conferences, symposia, expert speakers and closed-door roundtable discussions, the institute connects Director’s Council members and institutions to generate a deep understanding of the most important opportunities and challenges facing the global economy. These events foster dialogue on actionable, research-based ideas to influence policy and improve the lives of people around the world.
In addition to these events, Director’s Council members are invited to join Kenan Institute staff and research fellows in the field to see how our work is improving communities in North Carolina and beyond.
Director’s Council participation supports the institute’s core initiatives in entrepreneurship, dynamic economies and global commerce by funding programs, research and graduate student fellows.
Lee S. Ainslie III
Managing Partner, Maverick Capital Management LLC
Partner, Waterfall Management, LLC
George T. Brady III
Partner, Parker Poe
Charles R. Brindell Jr.
Chairman & CEO, Mill Creek Residential Trust, LLC
Susan E. Cates
Partner, Leeds Equity Partners, CEO, ACUE
Sanford A. Cockrell III
National Managing Partner, CFO Program, Deloitte LLP
Ross M. Cowan Jr.
Senior Managing Director, Northwood Investors LLC
Head of Private Banking, Wells Fargo Wealth Management
Donna J. Dean
Chief Investment Officer, Rockefeller Foundation
Steven M. Durham
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Deborah H. Ellis
Time Warner Inc., (retired)
Senior Managing Director, Trammell Crow Residential
R. K. Griffin Jr.
President and Chief Operating Officer (retired), BioMed Realty
William R. Hackney III
Senior Partner, Atlanta Capital Management Company
Mary Moore Hamrick
Chief Public Policy Officer, Grant Thornton LLP
Owner, Hipp Investments LLC
Rolf K. Hoffmann
SVP US Commercial Operations (retired), Amgen
Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Leo S. Horey III
Chief Administrative Officer, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Bobby G. Jenkins
Managing Director, Fahrenheit Advisors
President and CEO, Johnson Management LLC and Johnson Development Associates Inc.
Lynn D. Lewis
Former Chief Commercial Officer, Envigo
Partner, Deloitte, LLP
William M. Matthews
President, WMM Company Inc
Paul F. McBride
Former Senior Vice President of HR, Black & Decker Corporation
Managing Director, GTIS Partners
John S. McColl
Executive Vice President, Cousins Properties Inc.
William O. McCoy
Partner, Franklin Street Partners
Bruce B. McNair
Principal, Avison Young
Nancy S. Millett
Chief Financial Officer, Engineered Floors LLC
Everette E. Mills III
Chief Financial Officer (retired), Macfield Texturing
Gary L. Monroe
President and CEO, The Riverstone Group LLC
Steve M. Moore
William M. Moore Jr.
Retired CEO, Trident Financial Corporation
Brandon G. Morrison
Commissioner: District 13, Shelby County, Tennessee
C. M. Nassif
CPA, C Martin Nassif CPA
Board of Directors, JDRF International
Senior Vice President University Partnerships & Portfolio General Manager, 2U
Earl N. Phillips Jr.
Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean (retired), U.S. Ambassador
Charles M. Reeves III
President, Reeves Properties
Zachary T. Rike
Founder, ZTR Enterprises LLC
William L. Rogers
Founder and Chairman, TexWest LLC
Charles E. Sams Jr.
Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Robert E. Scheppegrell
Vice President, Pacific Life
Kevin S. Smith
Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Group
William N. Starling Jr.
CEO and Managing Director, Synecor, Synergy Life Science Partners
Senior Private Banker & Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo The Private Bank
John L. Townsend III
Senior Advisor, Tiger Management LLC
Co-founder and Chairman, Saf-T-Net Inc.
Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments
Vanessa A. Wittman
Chief Financial Officer (retired), Dropbox
William J. Wolf
Chief Human Resources Officer, Santander
H.O. Woltz III
Chairman, President & CEO, Insteel Industries Inc.
Robert G. Wright
Tucker York Jr.
Global Head of Private Wealth Mgmt., Goldman Sachs
James P. Ziperski
Former Partner (retired), Goldman Sachs