Dr. Henry McKoy
Henry McKoy is currently a faculty member and director of entrepreneurship at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina within the School of Business. He also serves as the managing director of the Eagle Angel Network, a part of the Triangle Venture Alliance. McKoy is a seasoned professional in community and economic development, policy, government, finance, corporate and nonprofit leadership. He is the former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the State of North Carolina as part of the cabinet of Governor Beverly Perdue.
An alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill, McKoy is a sought-after national speaker and thought leader in the areas of community and economic development, social innovation and entrepreneurship, energy finance and the green economy, sustainability, and sustainable business development. He was invited by President Obama to the White House to discuss how sustainable enterprise and impact investing fits with the new economy. He has served as a mentor at CUBE, the social innovation incubator at the UNC Campus Y.
After years in corporate banking, he left at the early age of 31 to found a successful company in finance called Fourth-Sector Financial, a financial-services firm that focused on community, energy and sustainability finance. Over the years, he has been involved with nearly 200 nonprofits, serving on boards and volunteering on a local, statewide, national and international level.
Not only does McKoy have a background in both the private sector and in nonprofit management, he has also made important contributions in government. He was appointed by former North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue as assistant secretary of commerce for the State of North Carolina (serving until 2012). At the time of his appointment, at age 37, he was among the youngest to serve in this post in North Carolina history and among the youngest in such a role across the United States. While he was an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill, he was a student-athlete on the track and field team and was inducted into the UNC Sports Hall of Fame.