Before joining KKR, Ken was a Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld where he helped businesses and individuals manage risk and seize opportunities at the nexus of business and public policy. Mr. Mehlman served as 62nd chairman of the Republican National Committee and campaign manager for President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. Michael Barone, co-author of the Almanac of American Politics (1072), compared Mehlmans success to Wal-Mart founder Sam Waltons, particularly in their revolutionary approaches to identifying new customers and constituents. Mr. Mehlman also served in high level positions in Congress and the White House, including as White House political director during President George W. Bushs first term.
Mehlman received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1988 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991.
Mr. Mehlman is a trustee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Franklin & Marshall College and the Strong American Schools Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the Council on Foreign Relations Climate Change Task Force, the Senior Advisory Committee of the Harvard University Institute of Politics, the board of directors at the National Endowment for Democracy and the executive leadership cabinet of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation.
Ken Mehlmans visit is supported by the Roberts Environmental Center.