Meet the SEED collaborators
The North Carolina Justice Center is the state's leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming North Carolina's prosperity into opportunity for all.
Dirk Philipsen is a professor of economic history the Sanford School for Public Policy at Duke University, and a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He was educated in Germany and the U.S., and holds degrees in economics and history. His work and teaching is focused on sustainability and the history of capitalism.
Brent Lane is the director of the Kenan Institute’s Carolina Center for Competitive Economies at UNC. Lane brings three decades of experience in state and regional government and in nonprofit work supporting targeted economic development initiatives. His expertise and research interests focus on the roles of technological innovation and emerging industry financing in economic competitiveness, venture capital, research commercialization and entrepreneurial development.
Mark Little, PhD, is Interim Executive Director of the Kenan Institute. He is also the permanent Director of NCGrowth. In these roles, he manages institute operations, supports high-growth entrepreneurs, helps communities grow and retain business, facilitates strategic regional economic development, and researches solutions to pressing energy, environment, and climate related problems.
Eric Harmeling is a Graduate Research Assistant for inter-institutional research on macroeconomic sustainability indicators at North Carolina State University
SEAN MASON, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Sean Mason is a Master's of Public Policy student and Research Coordinator at Duke University. Sean is interested in economic and environmental policy.
BLAKE ROSSER, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Blake Rosser is a Master's of Public Policy student at Duke University. Blake is interested in governance, racial inequality, and education policy.
MEGAN YEH, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Megan Yeh is a Master's of Public Policy student at Duke University. Megan is interested in international development and energy policy.
DEVIN CASE-RUCHALA, UNC
Devin Case-Ruchala is a PhD candidate in Political Economy at UNC and a Research Fellow at the Democracy Collaborative. Devin is interested in research that critically examines traditional and new banking institutions in order to build a better economy.
JEAN-PATRICK GILLET, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Jean-Patrick is a Master's of Public Policy student at Duke University. Jean-Patrick is interested in racial equity and education policy.
Aaron Cohen is a Master's of Public Policy student at Duke University. Aaron is interested in how government can better incentivize innovation and entrepreneurship.