Henry McKoy Jr.

Director of Entrepreneurship, North Carolina Central University School of Business

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Henry is the former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the state of North Carolina as part of the cabinet of Governor Beverly Perdue. In Commerce, he oversaw Community Development as the top community economic development professional in the state of North Carolina. His division, encompassed Urban Development, Rural Development, Community Planning, Community Investment, and the Appalachian Regional Commission, with more than 100 employees, managing a community development portfolio of over $1 billion dollars in investments across hundreds of projects in 100 counties for low-moderate income communities in areas of infrastructure, affordable housing, construction, transportation, small business and sustainable development and planning.

Henry studied computer science, economics, and business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; holds a Master’s Degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment; and is currently ABD towards a Doctorate in Economic Development and Impact Investing from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of City and Regional Planning. He is a 2003-2005 William C. Friday Fellow of Human Relations of the Wildacres Leadership Initiative. He is a 2016 Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a 2016 Aspen Institute Scholar.