J. Douglas Holladay
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J. Douglas Holladay

The career trajectory of Doug Holladay has been unique and varied with its blend of public service, finance and business, non-profit work, and more recently, teaching and journalism. 

Doug is a co-founder of Park Avenue Equity Partners, L.P. with offices in New York, a private equity fund which makes equity investments in middle market operating companies. 

He is a co-founder and general partner in Elgin Capital Partners LP, a private equity partnership focused on domestic energy development. While Doug continues as an active investor, the main focus of his time is on several not-for-profit efforts, including PathNorth, which helps business owners and CEOs define success more broadly, and ABC2(Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure), working to find a cure for brain cancer. Additionally, he holds the Heinz Christian Prechter Executive in Residence position at Georgetown University where he teaches MBA students. 

Doug was formerly a senior officer with the international investment banking firm Goldman, Sachs and Company, headquartered in New York. At Goldman Sachs, he worked in the Investment Banking Division on a range of matters, strategic and administrative as well as on certain international transactions with a governmental component. While with Goldman Sachs, he served as founding President of One to One Mentoring Partnership (Points of Light), an initiative of the New York financial community to bring imaginative solutions to some of our most pressing urban youth challenges, now known across the country as Mentor. 

Prior to joining Goldman, Sachs, Doug held senior positions in both the White House and Department of State. After working under White House Chief of Staff, James A. Baker III, Doug as appointed by the President to the personal rank of Special Ambassador, charged to coordinate major aspects of the U.S. public response to the challenges posed by South Africa prior to the dramatic release of Nelson Mandela. 

Doug has advised several Presidents and numerous corporate leaders and has explained and debated public policy issues on national television. He has contributed to several books on a broad range of issues, foreign policy, culture, theology and 19th century history, and has placed articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post and USA Today. He has delivered public speeches to leadership gatherings in more than 40 states and 10 nations. 

Service has characterized Doug’s career path allowing him to promote change and understanding in settings as diverse as East and South Africa, the White House and on Wall Street. Noted author, Gail Sheehy, in her best seller, Pathfinders, described Holladay as an influential layman who “excelled in all that he touched.” 

Doug has served on numerous Boards, Councils and Presidential Commissions, including the Presidential Commission on Drug Prevention, Presidential Commission on Small Business, the Board of Morehouse College, Sunrise Senior Living, Inc., Elgin Energy, CNL Hotels and Resorts 

Inc., United Way International, Miraval Inc., Harvard University Divinity for the Study of Values in Public Life, Oxford Analytica, Ltd., University of North Carolina School of Public Health Advisory Board, and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. He has served as a key advisor to a number of public and private companies including Heidrick and Struggles, the Case Foundation, Cognizant, CNL, Hughes Supply, Service Master and Alexander Proudfoot among others. Mr. Holladay’s pro-bono work includes serving as Executive Producer of a PBS film documentary, The Question of God, contrasting the world views of Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis. Mr. Holladay served as a judge of the 2005 Emmy Awards. He recently launched, with Philippe Cousteau Jr., the Global Echo ETF Fund (NYSE:GIVE) with its unique philanthropic feature. 

Mr. Holladay holds degrees from the University of North Carolina, Princeton Theological Seminary and Oxford University in England as well as two honorary doctorates from Morehouse College and Nyack College. He serves as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Mr. Holladay played Division I Varsity Lacrosse as a UNC undergraduate.