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Fred McKinney

Fred McKinney

Dr. Fred McKinney is the President and CEO of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC).  The GNEMSDC is a not-for-profit organization based in Hamden, Connecticut, with an office in Boston, Massachussets. The GNEMSDC mission is to significantly increase procurement opportunities for certified minority business enterprises. Under Dr. McKinney’s leadership, the Council budget has grown five-fold and now covers six New England states.

Dr. McKinney earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in economics in 1983 and is the first African-American male to receive a Ph.D. in economics from that school. His dissertation, “The Market Determinants of Access and the Quality of Physician Services”, was an early contribution to the impact health insurance was having on health-delivery systems. Dr. McKinney earned his B.A. degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976. 

Dr. McKinney served on the Council of Economic Advisors in 1977-1978 during the Carter Administration.  Dr. McKinney taught full-time at Brandeis University, Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Policy Analysis (1983-1987).  At Heller, Dr. McKinney taught courses in health economics, statistics, and macroeconomics. Dr. McKinney was also on the faculty at the University of Connecticut, School of Business (1987-2007).  At UConn, Dr. McKinney taught classes in managerial economics, health care economics, statistics and forecasting, and entrepreneurship.  In 2004, Dr. McKinney was appointed by Governor M. Jodi Rell to serve on the Task Force for Procurement Reform for the State of Connecticut. 

Dr. McKinney has served on many boards of directors. He served on the board of Habitat for Humanity (Bridgeport, CT) from 1996-2000, and he was the former Chairman of the Board of the Gateway Community College Foundation (2004-2008). Dr. McKinney was a director at Connecticut Motor Club (AAA) (2004-2007), served as a director at the Fairfield County Community Foundation (2004-2009), and was a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Community Advisory Committee (2006-2009). Currently, Dr. McKinney is a director at The Community’s Bank of Bridgeport, is a member of the Greater New Haven Regional Leadership Council, and serves as a director at The Partnership for Strong Communities, a Hartford-based supportive-housing non-profit organization. Since 2010, Dr. McKinney has served on the State of Connecticut Board of Education, Ad Hoc Committee on School Funding.  In 2009, Dr. McKinney was named one of the 100 most influential Blacks in  Connecticut by the Connecticut NAACP.

Dr. McKinney is a prolific writer and writes a weekly e-newsletter with close to 5,000 subscribers.  He also writes a monthly column for the Bay State Banner, Diversity Plus, and Inner City News.  Dr. McKinney has published dozens of articles and editorials, as well as two books.  His most recent book, And Finally II & Essays on Minority Business Development was released in May 2011.


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