Mr. Green retired in 2009 from his position as Managing Director in the Municipal Finance area of Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers), which he joined in 1985. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Green led a team of bankers responsible for the structuring and execution of transactions in the bond and real estate markets for both the federal and local governments in the USA. Mr. Green’s client list included the City and the State of New York, the City of Atlanta, the State of Connecticut and the Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority. Mr. Green is an expert in structuring financing for municipalities in financial distress, including the US$200 million bond for Washington D.C. in 1996.
Ernest G. Green was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on September 22, 1941. He was one of the first black students to integrate the Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, following the Supreme Court ruling to desegregate in 1954. Green is the oldest of the “Little Rock Nine,” a group of high school students who entered Central High School on the morning of September 25, 1957, escorted by federal troops sent in by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower to protect the rights of black students. Green subsequently graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in 1962 and an M.A. in 1964.
In 1965, Green began practicing employment law with a building-trade apprenticeship for the Adolph Institute, a project to help minority women in the South find opportunities for professional careers. He then directed the A. Philip Randolph Education Fund from 1968 to 1976. Between 1977 and 1981, he served as assistant secretary in the Labor Department under President Jimmy Carter. Since 1981, Green has worked in the private sector for consulting firms. He was a partner for Green and Herman from 1981 to 1985, owned E. Green and Associates from 1985 to 1986, and has been with Lehman Brothers since 1985.
Green has been on the boards of various organizations, such as the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, AfriCare and the African Development Foundation. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the NAACP Spingarn Award, the Rockefeller Public Service Award, and honorary doctorates from Tougaloo College, Michigan State University, and Central State University.