Ken Mehlman (New York) joined KKR in 2008 and is a Partner, Global Head of Public Affairs & Co-Head of KKR Global Impact at KKR. Since joining the firm a decade ago, Mr. Mehlman has architected KKR’s responsible investment efforts that seek to create shared value for KKR investors and other stakeholders. He has also worked to identify investment opportunities by leveraging geopolitical, public policy & ESG trends. KKR Global Impact is the firm’s private market investing platform focused on businesses that promote commercial solutions to global challenges associated with economic development, environmental management, next generation energy, agricultural and food production, responsible land use and education & learning.
Mr. Mehlman has spent 25 years working at the highest levels in government, politics, business and philanthropy. He spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, the only Republican presidential campaign in 30 years to win the popular vote. Mr. Mehlman also served in high level positions in Congress and the White House. He graduated with a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Mehlman is Chairman of Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Policy Advisory Board. He is a trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York, Franklin & Marshall College, Teach for America, and Sponsors of Educational Opportunity (SEO). Mr. Mehlman was active in the successful effort for marriage equality and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.