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
Managing Partner, Maverick Capital Management LLC

George T. Brady III
Partner, Parker Poe

Charles R. Brindell
Chairman & CEO, Mill Creek Residential Trust, LLC

Susan E. Cates
Former Chief Operating Officer, 2U, Inc.

Sanford A. Cockrell
National Managing Partner, U.S CFO Program and Global Leader CFO Program, Deloitte LLP

Ross M. Cowan
Senior Managing Director, Cowan Company LLC

Donna J. Dean
Chief Investment Officer, Rockefeller Foundation

Steven M. Durham
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Deborah H. Ellis
Time Warner Inc., (retired)

R. K. Griffin
President and Chief Operating Officer (retired), BioMed Realty

William R. Hackney
Senior Partner, Atlanta Capital Management Company

Mary Moore Hamrick
National Managing Principal, Public Policy, Grant Thornton LLP

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

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

Bobby G. Jenkins
Chief Financial Officer, Silverchair Science + Communications Inc.

Lynn D. Lewis
Chief Commercial Officer, Envigo

Brian Mashburn
Partner, Deloitte, LLP

William M. Matthews
President, WMM Company Inc

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

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
Partner, Deloitte LLP

Everette E. Mills
Chief Financial Officer (retired), Macfield Texturing

Steve M. Moore
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

William M. Moore
Founder & CEO (retired), Trident Financial Corp

C. M. Nassif
CPA, C Martin Nassif CPA

Earl N. Phillips
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.
Former Chairman (retired), Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Robert E. Scheppegrell
Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions, Lincoln Financial Group

Kevin S. Smith
Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Group

William N. Starling
CEO, Managing Director, Synecor, Synergy Life Science Partners

John L. Townsend
Former Senior Advisor (retired), Tiger Management LLC 

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
Global Head of Private Wealth Mgmt., 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