Trustee Ken Hersh is president and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a Dallas-based, non-partisan institution which houses the George W. Bush Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute.
“I’m honored to serve with this outstanding group of trustees. I will work to use my financial experience to further CFT’s leadership role and legacy as a place where nonprofits and donors come to together to serve the important needs of our community.” — Ken Hersh
Ken is also the co-founder and advisory partner of NGP Energy Capital Management, a premier private equity investment franchise in the natural resources industry managing more than $20 billion of cumulative committed capital since its inception in 1988. He is a veteran financier who brings more than 25 years of investment and business experience to CFT. Through 2015, Ken served as NGP’s CEO. He is credited with pioneering the now-common “owner-manager” investment model in the natural resources industry.
Before co-founding NGP, Ken worked at Morgan Stanley, where he specialized in oil and gas financing, and merger and acquisition transactions.
Born and raised in Dallas, Ken holds a bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University, graduating as an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Ken and his wife, Julie, have two children and live in Dallas.
Community Leadership / Board Service
Ken is the senior advisor to The Carlyle Group’s natural resources division. He sits on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution and the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Council of the American Enterprise Institute, and the Dallas Citizens Council. He is also a board member and minority owner of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.
In 2017, he received the Oil & Gas Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, he received the Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southwest Region.
In addition to his service to CFT, Ken has been heavily involved in the national and local nonprofit arena, both personally and through the efforts of The Hersh Foundation, his family’s private foundation. He serves on the boards of the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, and the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues.
Ken served on the advisory council of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business from 2009 through 2015. From 1998 through 2015, Ken served on the board of St. Mark’s School of Texas, where he held numerous positions including President from 2010 through 2012. In 2015, Ken received the St. Mark’s School of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award.