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.
Roby Sawyers is a faculty member at North Carolina State University and collaborator at the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology, and Science. His research specialties include federal estate tax issues, North Carolina’s tax structure, behavioral aspects of income tax decision-making, and tax patents.
Corey Madden is the executive director of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Since 2007, she has been founding artistic director of L’Atelier Arts in Los Angeles, which creates multi-disciplinary and site-specific projects around the world. She also was the director of Artist Programs for the Pasadena Arts Council.
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
Analese Bridges, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Analese Bridges is a student at Duke University and Research Assistant at the Kenan Institute of Ethics. Analese hopes to major in Public Policy with a certificate in Policy Journalism and Media Studies.
Bryce Cracknell is a student at Duke University and a student employee at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.