Director’s Council

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.

Individual: $5,000 or above
Corporate: $25,000 or above
Kenan Institute Roundtable



Lee S. Ainslie III
Managing Partner, Maverick Capital Management LLC

Russ Andrews
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

Morrison Creech
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)

Garth Erdossy
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

Neel Hipp
Owner, Hipp Investments LLC

Rolf K. Hoffmann
SVP US Commercial Operations (retired), Amgen

Chris Hoover
Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Leo S. Horey III
Chief Administrative Officer, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Bobby G. Jenkins
Managing Director, Fahrenheit Advisors

Geordy Johnson
President and CEO, Johnson Management LLC and Johnson Development Associates Inc.

Lynn D. Lewis
Former Chief Commercial Officer, Envigo

Brian Mashburn
Partner, Deloitte, LLP

William M. Matthews
President, WMM Company Inc

Paul F. McBride
Former Senior Vice President of HR, Black & Decker Corporation

Robert McCall
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
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

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

Michael Norona
Board of Directors, JDRF International

Christopher Parrish
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

Elisabeth Struckell

Robert Suddreth
Senior Private Banker & Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo The Private Bank

John L. Townsend III
Senior Advisor, Tiger Management LLC

Howard Udell
Co-founder and Chairman, Saf-T-Net Inc.

Margaret Ullrich
Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Pearce Weaver
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
Chairman, Kimley-Horn

Tucker York Jr.
Global Head of Private Wealth Mgmt., Goldman Sachs

James P. Ziperski
Former Partner (retired), Goldman Sachs 

Director's Council members are invited to join all Kenan Institute events.

Calendar of Events

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Director's Council, contact Director of Business Development and Finance David Knowles at