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Doug Holladay

Board of Advisors

The career trajectory of Doug Holladay has been unique and varied with its blend of public service, finance and business, non-profit work, and more recently, teaching and journalism.

J. Douglas Holladay is a co-founder of Park Avenue Equity Partners, L.P. with offices in New York and Washington. Park Avenue Equity Partners is a private equity fund which makes equity investments in operating companies with revenues between $50-350 million. Prior to founding Park Avenue, Mr. Holladay was Chairman of the Thornton Group, LLC, which he co-founded in 1995 to make opportunistic direct equity investments in a range of smaller companies.

While Mr. Holladay continues as an active investor in Park Avenue, the main focus of his time is on several important not-for-profit efforts, including PathNorth, which helps business owners and CEOs define success more broadly, the Buxton Initiative, an interfaith dialogue organization, PlayPumps, focused on clean water in Africa, and ABC² (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure), working to find a cure for brain cancer.

Mr. Holladay was formerly a senior officer with the international investment banking firm, Goldman, Sachs and Company, headquartered in New York. At Goldman Sachs, he worked in the Investment Banking Division on a range of matters, strategic and administrative as well as on certain international transactions with a governmental component. While with Goldman Sachs, he served as founding President of One to One Mentoring Partnership, an initiative of the New York financial community to bring imaginative solutions to some of our nation's most pressing urban youth challenges.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Holladay held senior positions in both the White House and the Department of State. After working under White House Chief of Staff, James A. Baker III, Mr. Holladay was appointed by the President to the rank of Special Ambassador, charged to coordinate major aspects of the U.S. public response to the challenges posed by South Africa prior to the dramatic release of Nelson Mandela.

Mr. Holladay holds degrees from the University of North Carolina, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Oxford University in England and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia and a guest lecturer at Williams College. He currently teaches at Georgetown University and writes a regular column for the Washington Post. Mr. Holladay was a White House Fellow finalist and played Division I Varsity Lacrosse as a UNC undergraduate.

Professional History:

Co-founder of Park Avenue Equity Partners, L.P.

Chairman and co-founder at Thornton Group,


Senior Officer at Goldman Sachs

Special Ambassador at the White House

Founder of the non-profit PathNorth


University of North Carolina

University of Oxford

Princeton Theological Seminary



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