Kenneth A. Hersh - The Pitch

President & CEO, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Since 2016, Kenneth A. Hersh has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and board member 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. The Bush Center’s mission is to engage communities in the U.S. and around the world by developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. 

Mr. Hersh co-founded NGP Energy Capital Management, a premier private equity investment franchise in the natural resources industry managing over $20.0 billion of cumulative committed capital since inception in 1988. Until 2016, he served as NGP’s Chief Executive Officer. From 1988 through 2015, under his leadership, NGP invested over $12 billion and achieved returns making it one of the nation’s leading investment firms. 

Mr. Hersh currently serves as Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group’s natural resources division and sits on the boards of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and the Dallas Citizens Council. He serves 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 and the National Council of the American Enterprise Institute. 

Mr. Hersh was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from St. Mark’s, he attended Princeton University and earned his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.