Board Chair, Retired Journalist
Mary Earle Brown recently retired with her husband to Chapel Hill after spending 23 years in Atlanta. A graduate of the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia’s master’s program in economics. Mary pursued a career in business journalism as a writer of economic publications for Chase Manhattan bank, a member of the staff of the Economy and Business Section of TIME and Economics Writer for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. In Atlanta, she was the executive director of the Japan-America Society of Georgia. Mary was a member of the board of the Margaret Mitchell House for almost a decade and served as its president, a member of the board of the Atlanta History Center, and of the Cherokee Garden Library.
Vice-Chair, Founder –Eno Ventures
Arthur Rogers heads Eno Ventures, a real estate investment company based in downtown Durham, NC with office and retail properties in Durham and Albemarle, NC. He is a 1992 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and received a master’s degree in 1994 from NC State University. Prior to 2000, Arthur worked in international sales with Collins and Aikman Products Company and was based in Roxboro, NC with frequent travel to California and Japan. After leaving Collins and Aikman to pursue his interest in commercial real estate, Arthur worked for two years as a broker with Borden Real Estate in Durham. Arthur currently serves as a trustee of The Asheville School and on the boards of the American Dance Festival and the YMCA of the Triangle. Arthur additionally serves on advisory boards at the Nasher Museum at Duke University and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. He is married to Caroline Powell Rogers and they have two sons, Henry and Edward
Member, Managing Partner – Mistoda Capital
Douglas J. Kahn is Managing Partner of Mistoda Capital, LLC, a private investment firm focused on LBOs, restructurings, and small-cap mezzanine capital. He previously served as Executive Officer and President of Croscill Home, a subsidiary of Croscill, Inc. after serving as Chief Operating Officer for several years. He also served as a Senior Vice President at Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette Securities Corp in New York, overseeing the Merchant Banking and Investment Banking Groups. Mr. Kahn is a graduate of Cornell University and earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently sits on several Boards, including Jacob Ash Holdings, Rite Screen Corp, the Board of Visitors for Duke Health, and the Foundation of Hope for Mental Illness.
Member, Durham Public Schools Board of Education
Minnie Forte-Brown, a Durham native, is a retired communications specialist and master teacher formerly in the Department of English and Mass Communications at North Carolina Central University. The DPS Board Chair is a member of the NC School Board Association Board of Directors and also serves as an officer for the National School Board Association. She is on the Steering Committee and Resolutions Committee and serves as the Vice-Chair for the Council of Urban Boards of Education. Additionally, she was appointed by former Governor Bev Perdue to the NC Council of the Status of Women and the Gang Advisory Taskforce. She is also co-founder of the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI).
Member, Founder – Black Cotton US
Julius Tillery is the NC State Coordinator for the Black Family Land Trust. He is a 5th Generation life-long row crop commodities producer (cotton, soybeans, peanuts) from Northeastern, North Carolina. His career has focused on working as an advocate and resource provider in the North Carolina agriculture and environmental sectors since 2009. Julius has also worked at Rural Advancement Foundation International and The Conservation Fund. Julius currently serves on Southern SARE’s Administrative Council and the North Carolina Forestry Advisory Council. Julius is a rural economic development advocate and is also known for his entrepreneurial business role as Founder of Black Cotton.Us. You can find Julius anywhere between his farm working on producing crops, on another farmer’s farm helping consult with new enterprise development, or any meeting that is focused on improving the lives of farmers and farming communities across the USA. Julius is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics and a minor in Entrepreneurship in 2008.
Member, Operator in Residence – Charter Schools Growth Fund
As Operator in Residence, Reid’s work spans the Investment, Impact, and Structured Finance teams, with a focus on supporting operators. Before joining CSGF, Reid was the Chief Operating Officer of Ednovate, a network of personalized learning public charter schools in Los Angeles, where he helped lead the organization’s growth from one to five high schools. In his role, he was responsible for finance, facilities, operations, technology, and growth strategy. Prior to his role at Ednovate, Reid was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, where he supported some of the world’s largest companies in solving their top-of-mind strategic and operational challenges. Reid began his career as an investment banking analyst for Rothschild and spent two years as a middle school math teacher in Los Angeles with Teach For America. He earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA in Economics from Williams College, and he is a graduate of the Broad Residency Program.