Mark Little, PhD, is Executive Director of the Kenan Institute. He is also the permanent Director of NCGrowth. In these roles, he manages institute operations, supports high-growth entrepreneurs, helps communities grow and retain business, facilitates strategic regional economic development, and researches solutions to pressing energy, environment, and climate related problems. Little brings to this position a broad, international background in environmental and earth science, policy analysis, and renewable energy development. Immediately prior to joining the institute, he served as a AAAS Congressional Science Fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs.