Ken is a Member at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, LLP, helping assess and improve the companies in which KKR invests by engaging stakeholders & leveraging geopolitical & public policy trends. Mr. Mehlman also oversees the firm’s global external affairs, including corporate marketing, regulatory affairs & public policy, and communications. Ken leads KKR’s responsible investment efforts that seek to create shared value for KKR investors and other stakeholders. This includes a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund that now includes more than 27 KKR portfolio companies and has achieved $1.2 billion in financial impact; reduced environmental impact (2.3 million fewer metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, 6.3 million tons less waste and 27 million cubic meters reduced water use since 2008); the hiring of more than 30,000 veterans in KKR portfolio companies; and an employee wellness collaboration with the American Heart Association.
Mr. Mehlman 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 25 years to win the popular vote. Michael Barone, author of the Almanac of American Politics, compared Mehlman’s success to Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton’s, particularly in their revolutionary approaches to identifying new customers and constituents. Before joining KKR, Ken was a Partner at the global law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Mr. Mehlman also served in high level positions in Congress and the White House.
Mr. Mehlman, who currently lives in New York City, 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 and also chairs the American Investment Council, the association representing the private equity industry.He is a trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York, Franklin & Marshall College, Teach for America, and Sponsors of Educational Opportunity (SEO). Mehlman is also co-chairman of the American Enterprise Institute’s National Council and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.