Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides advice, assistance, and leadership to the Kenan Institute for Ethics in all matters relating to its programs, projects, and priorities. The Board consists of between fifteen and twenty-four distinguished individuals, including business leaders, academics, journalists, and philanthropists. The Advisory Board is chaired by the President of Duke University and meets on campus in April and November each year.

Wilt Alston E’81, P’13, is a Transportation Safety Consultant with over 30 years of experience in design, development, verification and validation of industrial software-based systems. He is a runner, a biker, a husband, a dad.

Christine Bader, Bader is director of social responsibility at Amazon. She is the author of “The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil.” After earning her MBA from Yale in 2000, Christine joined BP and proceeded to work in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., managing the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Christine was named to the 2012-13 class of the Donaldson Fellows Program, which recognizes Yale School of Management graduates “whose personal and professional accomplishments embody the school’s mission to educate leaders for business and society.”

Stephen Bear (Board Vice Chair) T’73, s an Executive Coach and Business Adviser, faculty member at the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and former Senior Vice President of human resources at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Charles Bell T’82, P’18, is Senior Vice President for the Louis Berger Group’s economic and institutional development market. He oversees economic growth (policy reform, microfinance, SME development), governance (decentralization, municipal services), community development (small scale infrastructure) and planning programs (resiliency, regional development) in transitional economies around the world. He has experience with USAID, DFID, DFAT, World Bank, and regional development banks.

Susan Nance Callaway T’84, G’93, P’15, previously worked at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, interests include public policy, student life, philosophy, sociology, and ethics.

Kenneth Close T’81 is CEO and Founding Partner of The Quincy Group, a government affairs, strategic communications and business development firm that specializes in Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries. He has more than 30 years of investment banking, private equity, international business development and government relations experience.

William Cohan T’81, is New York Times bestselling author of “Money and Power,” “House of Cards” and “The Last Tycoon,” former Managing Director of JP Morgan Chase, and former Director at Merrill Lynch. He worked as a Senior Wall Street M&A Investment Banker for 17 years at Lazard Frères & Co., Merrill Lynch and JPMorganChase. He has written for The Financial Times, The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Atlantic, The Nation, Fortune, and Politico.

Eva Herbst Davis T’87, P’20, is the Co-Chair of the Global Private Equity Practice at the law firm of Winston & Strawn. For more than 20 years, Eva has advised her clients on U.S. and cross-border complex business transactions with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

Pamela Hendrickson T’82, P’15, P’19, is COO and Vice Chairman of Strategic initiatives for The Riverside Company, a global investment firm with more than $6 billion in assets. As COO, she manages a number of teams, including deal origination and fundraising, and as Vice Chairman she oversees the development of new initiatives and supervises the Riverside Strategic Capital Fund and Riverside Credit Solutions. She also sits on the Riverside Investment Council, which considers investments across Riverside’s strategies.

Alice B. Hicks WC’69, P’07, is founder and retired Executive Vice President of Iridian Asset Management LLC, which is dedicated to independent research, investment rigor and the mitigation of risk by investing in companies undergoing significant corporate change. She began her career on Wall Street at the Irving Trust Company rising to Vice President. A partnership at the investment advisory firm of David J. Greene & Co. followed, and then Senior Vice President at Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, Inc., a New York investment bank. Alice is currently a Commissioner of the Kent, CT Planning and Zoning Commission, board member of the Land Trust and Treasurer of the Country Club. She resides in Connecticut with her husband, Jim, and has two sons, James Byron, Jr. (A.B.’07) and Daniel Franklin.

Daniel Katz T’80, P’15, is a sports photographer and blogger, student housing Real Estate Investor, and former Partner and Portfolio Manager at Apex Capital, LLC.

Rob Kight T’84, is Senior Vice President – Human Resources for Delta Air Lines. He designs compensation and benefit programs in over 65 countries to retain talent, partners with leaders throughout Delta to provide support and strengthen the company’s culture, and delivers HR service to employees across the globe.

Richard Morrill G’68, is former President of the Teagle Foundation, former Chair of the Board of Directors of ChildFund International, and former Chancellor and Distinguished University Professor of Ethics and Democratic Values at the University of Richmond. He also previously served as President of Centre College and as President of Salem College.

Katherine Nichols P’98, P’01, P’08, P’12, has served as an educational advisor and has worked extensively with Tibetan refugees.

Steven Nichols P’98, P’01, P’08, P’12, is retired from a career in banking, where he was an Executive Vice President and head of Wells Fargo’s Global Trade Services, overseeing the trade processing operation.

Vincent Price (Board Chair, ex officio), President of Duke University.

Poorav Rohatgi T’10, , is an Associate in the Business Litigation Practice Group in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. His legal practice includes breach of contract and business torts and government enforcement areas, including matters dealing with the Securities Exchange Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and U.S. sanctions.

Suzanne Shanahan (ex officio), Nannerl O. Keohane director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor of Sociology.

Jonathan Silver, T’75, P’04, P’06, is clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Silver is a Fellow and past president of the American Neuropsychiatric Association. He has authored over 35 papers and 45 chapters, and he has edited three books, including Neuropsychiatry of Traumatic Brain Injury, the first comprehensive volume that reviews this subject, and the second expanded edition of this book, Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury (2005). He has been listed in Best Doctors in America since 1993 for the area of neuropsychiatry.

Jimmy Soni T’07, is a former Managing Editor of the Huffington Post Media Group. He graduated with honors from Duke which he attended as a University Scholar. He was awarded the George Mitchell Scholarship and studied politics at the University College Cork. After his time in Cork, he went to work for the management consultancy McKinsey and Company and he subsequently worked for Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty. He serves on the advisory boards of DukeEngage and The Mission Continues. Jimmy is the author of “Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato.”

Mark Thierfelder T ‘86 and Rutgers University, JD ‘92, is a partner and a member of the Policy Committee at Dechert LLP, an international law firm with top-ranked practices in corporate and securities, complex litigation, finance and real estate, and financial services and asset management. As chair of Dechert’s global corporate and securities group and chair of the firm’s global private equity practice, he concentrates his practice on private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and international). He is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in these practice areas by a number of legal directories including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and IFLR.  In addition, he is a trustee, chair of institutional advancement and a member of the executive committee of the National Humanities Center, based in Research Triangle Park, a trustee, chair of the Finance Committee, Treasurer and member of the executive committee of Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey, and a member of the advisory board.

Alisa Worth T’01, is Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where she utilizes extensive legal, political and public policy experience in her home state of Nevada. She previously served as Executive Director for the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus.

Sara Barron Zablotney T’99, is a Partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She focuses her practice on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and spin-offs, both domestic and cross-border. She also advises clients on the tax aspects of securities issuances, bankruptcy and restructuring, and investment fund formation. Sara was recognized as a 2014 “Rising Star” by Law360 for Tax Law, is listed in The Legal 500 U.S., and is listed as a “Recognized Practitioner” in the Chambers USA 2017 edition.


Lawrence Blum, professor of philosophy and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Massachusetts-Boston

Joel L. Fleishman, professor of law and public policy Studies and director of the Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy, and the Professions at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University

William A. Galston, Senior Fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program

Julian J. Harris T’00, Medicaid program director for the State of Massachusetts and former Rhodes Scholar

Joseph S. Harvard, III,  retired pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Durham

J. Matthew Mackowski T’76chairman and managing director of Telegraph Hill Partners, a San Francisco life science and medical technology private equity firm

Dennis Meyer P’87, P’90, P’93, P’98, P’08, senior counsel and former executive committee chairman of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie

Wyndham Robertson, (Emerita), former director of Capital Cities/ABC, Wachovia, and Media General; former vice president for communications at the University of North Carolina

Jeanne Tannenbaum G’73, (Emerita), active supporter of humanitarian, educational, and arts activities in Greensboro and across North Carolina, retired hospital administrator