Leadership & Staff

Senior Leadership

Greg Brown

In addition to his leadership as director of the institute, Greg is also the founder and research director of the Institute for Private Capital, an institute-affiliated research center. More

Mark Little
Executive Director

Mark serves as executive director and is also the permanent director of NCGrowth, an affiliated research center. More

MacKenzie Babb
Director of External Affairs

MacKenzie leads marketing and communications efforts for the institute, including strategic planning, events, media relations and branding. More

David Knowles
Director of Business Development and Finance

David works to develop partnerships with companies and foundations aligned with the institute’s mission and those of its affiliated research centers. More

Christian Lundblad
Director of Research and Richard ‘Dick’ Levin Distinguished Professor of Finance and Associate Dean of the PhD Program, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Christian serves as director of research for the institute as well as director of the Center for Excellence in Investment Management and associate dean of the Ph.D. program at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. More

Core Initiatives Leaders

Chris Bingham
Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Phillip Hettleman Distinguished Scholar and Area Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Chris’ research focuses on organizational learning, adaptation, growth, innovation and strategic decision-making in entrepreneurial firms and firms in dynamic markets. More

Larry Chavis
Clinical Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Larry researches how weak institutions in developing countries pose challenges for new business formation. More

Maryann P. Feldman
S.K. Heninger Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, UNC College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Maryann teaches in the UNC Department of Public Policy and at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. More

Noel Greis
Director, Center Digital Enterprise and Innovation at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Noel is an expert in global logistics and supply chain management and has won numerous awards for her research on logistics, global operations strategy, technology management and technology commercialization. More

Jim Johnson
Director, Education, Aging and Economic Development Initiatives
Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center
William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Jim examines the growing inequality in American society, particularly as it affects disadvantaged youth; entrepreneurial approaches to poverty alleviation, job creation and community development; interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies; and business demography and workforce diversity issues. More

Jayashankar M. Swaminathan
GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Jay is an internationally recognized thought leader in innovations and productivity improvements related to global operations and supply chain management who has held multiple leadership positions at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. More

Ted Zoller
Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
T.W. Lewis Clinical Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Ted’s research focuses on the role and structure of entrepreneurial networks and the interrelationships within investor syndicates. More


Kim Allen
Kenan Scholars Program Director

Kim heads up the institute’s signature scholarship program, which provides a world-class, transformative scholarship experience for undergraduate and graduate students of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. More

Ashley Brown
Research Manager

Ashley oversees the logistics of institute-sponsored, faculty-led research projects on entrepreneurship, economic development and global commerce. More

Sue DiMaggio
Marketing and Communications Associate

Sue provides marketing and communications support for the institute, including press releases, blog posts, videos and copyediting. More

Patrick G. Hartley
Professor of the Practice of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

In addition to his work with the institute and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Pat is a member of one of the world’s leading financial services firms, working with institutional and private clients as an investment consultant and financial advisor. More

Philip Howard
Senior Research Associate

Philip guides quantitative research efforts for the institute. More

Emily Hull
Digital Marketing Associate

Emily heads up the institute’s social media efforts, building out the institute’s social media presence and developing follower relationships. More

Huan Lian
Data Analyst

Huan provides data management and analysis support, including data cleaning and visualization and database implementation and maintenance for institute-affiliated centers and faculty. More

Samantha Locke
Senior Events Associate

Samantha assists the events manager in planning, organizing and executing events for the institute. More

Karen McFarland
Director of Operations

Karen provides administrative and departmental support and grant management to the institute. More

Rebecca Mormino
Events Manager

Rebecca oversees all conferences, symposia, and other events for the institute and its affiliated centers. More

Victor Quadros
Video Producer

As a video producer, Victor is responsible for creating dynamic and impactful visual content that evokes the institute's mission. More

Steven Rubin
Salesforce Administrator

Steve manages and maintains the institute’s customer relationship management system, allowing staff to connect with constituents with clarity and efficiency. More

Emily Schumacher
Events Associate

Emily assists the events manager in planning, organizing and executing events for the institute, from awards ceremonies to conferences to presentations. More

Marion Strandh
Executive Assistant to the Director

Marion supports Kenan Institute Director Greg Brown. More

Amber Terranova
Administrative Assistant

Amber assists with various administrative tasks including conference room and catering reservations, staff travel coordination, expense reimbursements and event planning. More

Torrance Todd
Web Developer

Torrance maintains and updates existing websites, develops web pages and print media layouts, while also offering desktop support for the institute. More

Jack Walker
Creative Director

Jack oversees graphic design for all institute initiatives and also provides web and technology support. More

Melissa Waller
Director of Public & Private Partnerships

Melissa is the institute's director of public & private partnerships. In this role, she works to develop partnerships with government entities, industry leaders and academic institutions aligned with the institute’s mission and those of its affiliated research centers. More

Lingmei Howell
Director of Outreach

Lingmei serves as the institute’s ambassador, marketer and value-proposition translator, spearheading numerous engagement programs and marketing/outreach activities to reinforce collaborative relationships with institute stakeholders. More