Dr. Henry McKoy

US Department of Energy, Office of State and Community Energy Programs | Panelist

October, 26 - 2:30 PM

Presentation Title:

Public and Private Partnerships Towards a Clean Energy Future


Dr. Henry C. McKoy, Jr. is the inaugural Director of the Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) in the United States Department of Energy.   The newly created Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP), within the Office of the Under Secretary for Infrastructure, manages $16 billion dollars in federal funding and supports the transition to an equitable clean energy economy by working with community-level implementation partners and State Energy Offices. SCEP manages the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), State Energy Program, Community Programs, and Energy Future Grants.

Dr. McKoy a seasoned professional in business, community and economic development, policy, government, energy, finance, philanthropy and the academic worlds.  Prior to his Presidential appointment at the U.S. DOE, Dr. McKoy served as the lead entrepreneurial faculty and Director of Entrepreneurship at North Carolina Central University School of Business in Durham, North Carolina.  In addition, he held simultaneous academic appointments in Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and in Duke’s Executive Leadership Institute where he taught on Public-Private Partnerships.  Henry has been a Fellow of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as an Aspen Institute Scholar.  He held an appointment (2019-2021) at Harvard University Kennedy School’s Ash Center Innovations in Government program, where he was appointed as the first Associate Fellow of Municipal Innovation.  He also held an affiliated faculty appointment at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, where he was a Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar.

He is a former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the State of North Carolina, where he was the top Community Development official and representative in North Carolina government.  In Commerce, he oversaw five divisions and over 100 staff members including: 1) Appalachian Regional Commission; 2) Community Investment & Assistance; 3) Community Planning; 4) Rural Development; and 5) Urban Development.  His divisions managed a community development portfolio of over $1.5 billion dollars in investments (federal and state dollars) across seven offices and hundreds of projects in 100 counties for low-moderate income communities in areas of infrastructure, affordable housing, construction, nonprofit engagement, human services, sustainable community and economic development, and small business.  

Prior to entering government, Henry was an award-winning business and banking leader with more than fifteen-years of banking and community financial development experience at the local, regional, and national levels.  He spent more than a decade as an executive with Central Carolina, National Commerce, and Suntrust Banks (now Truist), as they grew from small regional state banks to one of the top financial institutions in the United States, being promoted and receiving progressively more responsibility while growing and leading several multibillion-dollar divisions for the bank.  Henry has also been a successful entrepreneur.

Dr. McKoy has a BSBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in environmental management, Policy and Leadership from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of City and Regional Planning program with a concentration in economics, economic development, entrepreneurship, and impact investing.

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