Fred "Dr. Fred" W. McKinney recently retired from Quinnipiac University as the Carlton Highsmith Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Lender School of Business at Quinnipiac University. Additionally, Dr. McKinney was the Director of the People's United Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Quinnipiac University.
Dr. McKinney received his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1983, and his BA degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Dr. McKinney worked as the Managing Director for Minority Business Programs at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (2015-2018); President and CEO of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (2001 - 2015); Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut School of Business (1987-2001); and Assistant Professor at Brandeis University, Heller School (1983-1987). In addition, Dr. McKinney was a graduate assistant at the White House, Council of Economic Advisers 1978-79 and the Rand Corporations (summers of 1977 and 1978).
Dr. McKinney owned and operated several successful ventures in the coffee industry.
Dr. McKinney has been honored by numerous organizations. Notably, in 2017, the United States Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency, presented Dr. McKinney with its highest award, the Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award.
A prolific writer, Dr. McKinney has authored four books and over 60 articles on minority business development and corporate supplier diversity.
Dr. McKinney has served on many boards of directors including, Yale New Haven Health System's Bridgeport Hospital, The Gateway Community College Foundation, Bridgeport Habitat for Humanity, The Forum for World Affairs, The Community's Bank of Bridgeport, Empower Yourself, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Community Advisory Board.
Gerald Jaynes is a professor at Yale University in the Departments Economics and he is Acting Chair of the African American Studies Department.
Gerald D. Jaynes earned the doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1976. In addition to his teaching and research duties as a professor at Yale, he has served as a legislative aid to State Senator Cecil A. Partee, President Pro-Tem of the Illinois State Senate, 1971-72; Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania , and chaired Yale's Department of African and African American Studies, 1990-1996; 2018-2019.
Dr. Jaynes has served in many public capacities such as Study Director of the Committee On the Status of Black Americans at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.D. 1985-1989; Chairman of the New Haven, CT Minority Business Development Agency by a Mayoral appointment, 1982-84; the Mayor's Blue-Ribbon Committeee for the Redevelopment of New Haven, 1990; Member, Board of Economists for Black Enterprise Magazine; Fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Member Council of Economic Advisers to the National Urban League.
Dr. Jaynes has testified before the United States Congress on numerous occasions and served as a consultant to federal and local government agencies. He is recognized as an expert on race relations and the economic conditions of African Americans and has lectured ads spoken on these topics at many universities and forums, including the United States Supreme Court.
Dr. Jaynes' research has appeared on radio and television shows including the Bill Moyers' Show, and the NBC Today Show.
Listed in the Who's Who Among African-Americans since 1989, he has written extensively for scholarly journals, books and popular essays. Among his more notable publications are A Common Destiny: Blacks and the American South, 1999; Branches Without Roots: Genesis of the Black Working Class in the American South, 1986; Immigration and Race: New Challenges for American Democracy, 2000; The Encyclopedia of African American Society, 2004.