Institute for Private Capital

Greg Brown

Research Director, Institute for Private Capital Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Sarah Franks

Executive Director, Institute for Private Capital

Melissa Waller

Director of Public & Private Partnerships, Kenan Institute of Private Enerprise

Melissa Waller is Director of Public & Private Partnerships at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. In this role, she works to develop partnerships with government entities, industry leaders and academic institutions aligned with the Institute’s mission and those of its affiliated research centers.

Previously Waller served as the former Deputy Treasurer and Chief of Staff for the North Carolina Department of State Treasury, where she successfully oversaw Department strategic planning, operations, and public-policy implementation, along with a staff of more than 400 employees. The North Carolina Retirement Systems, the pension fund for the state, is the tenth largest public pension fund in the United States, with assets in excess of $100 billion.

Waller’s background includes over 20 years of private and public-sector financial industry experience, including 15 years in the banking sector with Wachovia/Wells Fargo. She currently also serves as Executive Program Director for the National Institute of Public Finance within the NAST Foundation and is the President of the AIF Institute.

Waller graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in journalism and mass communication and a concentration in instructional design.

Dorothy Hibbard

Associate Director, Institute for Private Capital

Brooke Dever

Program and Events Manager, Institute for Private Capital

Christian Lundblad

Richard "Dick" Levin Distinguished Professor of Finance and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

David Knowles

Director of Business Development and Finance, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Ashley Brown

Director of Research Services, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Sydney Bannerman

Events Manager, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise



The Institute for Private Capital improves public understanding of the role of private capital in the global economy. Academic and industry experts work together to generate new knowledge about private capital markets based on objective academic research.