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Charles N. Atkins

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Banker
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Bright Orange, Orange-Yellow
Favorite Food:
Macaroni And Cheese, Peach Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean Beaches
Favorite Quote:
The Struggle Continues.

Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1952
Birth Location:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Banker
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Bright Orange, Orange-Yellow
Favorite Food:
Macaroni And Cheese, Peach Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean Beaches
Favorite Quote:
The Struggle Continues.

Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1952
Birth Location:
Oklahoma City
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Biography

Investment banker Charles N. Atkins was born on December 12, 1952 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Dr. Charles Atkins, Sr. and Hannah Diggs Atkins. Atkins’ mother was the first African American woman to be elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1958, serving until 1980. Atkins graduated from Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City in 1971, and went on to receive his B.A. degree in political science, magna cum laude, from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1975. Atkins then earned 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 the 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 worked as a senior vice president at Lehman Brothers from 1988 to 1990 before leaving to join Morgan Stanley. As executive director, Atkins focused on corporate structured finance and utility sector recapitalization, and headed the corporate reorganization of Constellation Energy. He also served on President Bill Clinton’s presidential transition team in 1993, and was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Advisory Committee of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Atkins left Morgan Stanley in 2013 to found Atkins Capital Strategies LLC. In 2015, he became the executive chairman of Premier League Basketball in the United Kingdom, and a partner at Maroon Capital Group LLC. In 2017, Atkins became a senior advisor at Guggenheim Securities, LLC in New York City, focusing on corporate structured finance for corporate and financial sponsor clients.

Atkins was a trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Folk Art Museum, in addition to serving on the board of advisors for his elementary school, Casady School in 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 has been awarded two U.S. patents for innovative financing structures.

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

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Charles N. Atkins' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charles N. Atkins lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles N. Atkins describes his father's family background, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles N. Atkins describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles N. Atkins describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles N. Atkins talks about his father's medical career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles N. Atkins talks about the African American community in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles N. Atkins describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles N. Atkins describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles N. Atkins talks about his maternal family's education and professions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles N. Atkins recalls his early civil rights activities in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles N. Atkins remembers integrating the Casady School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles N. Atkins describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles N. Atkins describes his community in rural Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles N. Atkins describes his experiences of desegregation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles N. Atkins remembers the desegregation of the Oklahoma City Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles N. Atkins talks about his mother's activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles N. Atkins describes his mother's political career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles N. Atkins describes his mother's involvement with the National Black Political Conventions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles N. Atkins describes his experiences at Howard University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles N. Atkins describes is experiences at Howard University in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles N. Atkins describes his undergraduate honors thesis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles N. Atkins talks about his high school activism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles N. Atkins describes his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles N. Atkins talks about his decision to attend Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles N. Atkins remembers his professors and classmates at Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles N. Atkins talks about the diverse student body of Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles N. Atkins recalls Harvard University's divestment from South Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles N. Atkins talks about his summer law internships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles N. Atkins describes his experiences at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles N. Atkins describes his role in the Office of Public Liaison under President Jimmy Carter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles N. Atkins remembers working as legislative counsel to Senator David Boren
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles N. Atkins remembers meeting Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles N. Atkins describes his work on the Democratic Party Platform Committee
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Charles N. Atkins narrates his photographs