TimelineGet InvolvedNominate a History Maker
 
Home | BusinessMakers | Charles N. Atkins
Profession
Favorites
Color: Bright orange, orange-yellow
Food: Macaroni and cheese, peach pie
Quote: The struggle continues.
Season: Fall
Vacation Destination: Carribean beaches
Birthplace
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Interview Description:

Biography |

Interview Date: 12/16/2016

Investment banker Charles N. Atkins was born on December 12, 1952 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Charles Atkins, Sr., a doctor and librarian, and Hannah Diggs Atkins. Atkins’ mother was the first African American woman to be elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1958 and served until 1980. Atkins graduated from Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City in 1971. He then went to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated from magna cum laude with his B.A. degree in political science in 1975. Atkins went on to earn his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1978.

Following his graduation from Harvard Law School, Atkins served as an associate assistant to President Jimmy Carter, and as second legislative counsel to U.S. Senator David L. Boren of Oklahoma. In 1984, he was named deputy director of the Democratic National Convention platform committee, as well as deputy campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s vice-presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferarro. Atkins joined the staff of Lehman Brothers in 1988, as a senior vice president. Two years later, Atkins moved on to a position at Morgan Stanley. He remained at Morgan Stanley for twenty-two years, serving as executive director. While at Morgan Stanley, Atkins focused on corporate structured finance and utility sector recapitalization. Atkins is known at Morgan Stanley for leading the corporate reorganization of Constellation Energy. He also served on President Bill Clinton’s presidential transition team in 1993, following Clinton’s first election to the office. Atkins finally left Morgan Stanley in 2013, to found Atkins Capital Strategies LLC. In 2015, he became executive chairman of Premier League Basketball in the United Kingdom and became a partner at Maroon Capital Group LLC.

Atkins served on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum and the American Folk Art Museum, in addition to serving on the board of advisors for his grammar school, Cassady School Oklahoma City. Atkins also worked with McKinsey & Company, publishing multiple financial reports, such as Global Capital Markets: Entering a New Era, in collaboration with a team of economists.

Atkins lives in New York, New York.

Charles N. Atkins was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 16, 2016.

Speaker Bureau Notes: