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Ernest G. Green

Ernest G. Green
Washington, DC


Ernest G. Green is Managing Director of Public Finance for Lehman Brothers' Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers in 1987, Green was president of Ernest Green & Associates, a minority consulting firm that provided technical assistance in marketing, financial management and economic forecasting. During his career, Green served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training in President Jimmy Carter Administration and Secretary of Education, Richard W. Riley, appointed Green to serve as Chairman of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Advisory Board. He was also appointed to serve as Chairman of the African Development Foundation by President Bill Clinton.

In 1957, Green, along with eight other African-American students, were the first to integrate Little Rock, Arkansas’s Central High School following the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that declared segregation illegal. The high school students later would become known as the "Little Rock Nine." Hundreds of organizations have honored Green during his career. He is the recipient of numerous awards, and several books, movies and documentaries have been produced chronicling Mr. Green’s and his eight classmates’ historic year at Central High School. On November 9, 1999, the “Little Rock Nine,” were presented by President Bill Clinton with the highest honor this nation gives to a civilian, the “Congressional Gold Medal.”

Green also, serves on several boards one of which is the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), where he was Chairman for two consecutive years. He earned his high school diploma from Central High School in Little Rock. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in Social Science and a Master’s in Sociology from Michigan State University.