Our Mentors

Tom Darden

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Tom is the CEO of Cherokee, an environmentally focused investment firm. Cherokee utilizes both private equity and internal venture capital to generate social, environmental, and economic returns. From 1981 to 1983, Tom was a consultant with Bain & Company in Boston. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Research Triangle Institute, as well as on the boards of Shaw University and the Environmental Defense Fund. Tom earned a Master’s in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He and his wife, Jody, have three grown children.