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Color: Bright orange, orange-yellow
Food: Macaroni and cheese, peach pie
Quote: The struggle continues.
Season: Fall
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Interview Date: 12/16/2016

Investment banker Charles N. Atkins was born in 1953 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Charles Atkins, Sr. and Hannah Diggs Atkins. He graduated from Howard University with a B.A. degree in political science in 1975 and received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1978.

Following his graduation, Atkins served as an associate assistant to President Jimmy Carter and second legislative counsel to U.S. Senator David L. Boren. In 1984, he was named deputy director of the Democratic National Convention platform committee and served as deputy campaign manager for vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferarro in the same year. From 1988 to 1990, Atkins was senior vice president of Lehman Brothers. In 1990, Atkins began working at Morgan Stanley and remained there for twenty-two years, leaving in 2013. While at Morgan Stanely, Atkins focused on corporate structured finance and utility sector recapitalization. Following that, he started 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 has served on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum and the American Folk Art Museum. He is also a member of the board of advisors for his grammar school, Cassady School Oklahoma City. Atkins also worked with McKinsey & Company, publishing multiple financial reports, including Global Capital Markets: Entering a New Era with several other influential economists.

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