The Annual Gus and Libby Solomon Memorial Lecture

Ken Mehlman will deliver the 16th Annual Solomon Memorial Lecture event on:

“A Historic Time in America: 
How Citizens, Politicians, and Investors Can Together 
Build a Better World”

Please join us for a stimulating discussion on the state of today’s political world and environment with Ken Mehlman. A leader in impact investing, Mehlman will discuss how that innovative approach to investing is helping to lay the groundwork for a more sustainable future. He will also touch on the future of the Republican Party and his work with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Policy Advisory Board. 


February 4, 2021

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PT

Join us remotely for this free online event.


Follow this link to our Zoom registration page.


Mehlman will discuss how impact investing is helping to lay the groundwork for a more sustainable future.  He will also touch on the future of the Republican Party, and his work with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Policy Advisory Board. 

Impact investing focuses on investments geared to generate positive social and/or environmental impact. In his role as co-head of KKR's Global Impact, Ken is dedicated to investing in businesses delivering solutions to significant societal challenges. 

"KKR" stands for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.  

Learn more about impact investing at: 


Ken Mehlman graduated with a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has spent 25 years working at the highest levels in government, politics, business and philanthropy. He served as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. Mehlman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was active in the successful effort for marriage equality.

Currently, Mehlman serves as Co-Head of KKR Global Impact, a 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. Launched in 2018, Global Impact is KKR’s dedicated lower-middle market private equity strategy established to invest in businesses delivering solutions to significant societal challenges. KKR Global Impact aligns its efforts to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (“UN SDGs”).

Ken 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). In 2017 he launched the Slingshot Project. Ken lives in New York City.


Get to know Ken: 

Talks at GS conducted an interview with Ken Mehlman in February 2020. 

Ken Mehlman discusses his journey from national politics to financial services, KKR’s strategy to align financial performance and social impact, and his perspective on the state of American politics.

 If you can invest in the companies that are using labor market data analytics to figure out what are going to be the jobs and skills of the future, you’re going to have a great investment opportunity. And so, you look at some of these themes we’re talking about—in our case: clean water, adapting and mitigating the climate change, helping deal with the responsible use of waste, ag tech, workforce development, industrial innovation to make workplaces safer, make us more mobile—and [those] make all of our lives more sustainable.  - Ken Mehlman

The 16th Annual Gus and Libby Solomon Memorial Lecture is presented by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University. Sponsored by Richard B. Solomon and Alyce Flitcraft. Cosponsors include the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, and PSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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