George E. McCown

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Operating Director American Infrastructure Funds


George E. McCown was chairman, co-founder and managing director of one of the earliest private equity firms, McCown De Leeuw & Co. Inc. LLC (“MDC”) of Foster City, California and New York City and is a co-founder and operating director, American Infrastructure Funds, its successor.

George E. McCown spent his early years in general management with Boise Cascade Corporation, ultimately as senior VP, building materials group and president, Boise Cascade Home and Land Corp. His current business affiliations include chairman of the board, Tunnel Hill Partners, LLC, Gold Run Aviation LLC and Sequoia Corp. and a director of United Bridge Partners, LLC. Previously he has been a chairman, vice chairman, and/or director of over 50 private and public companies.

He is a founding director of ChrysCap, a leading private equity firm in India; chairman emeritus of the World Business Academy; past chair of Outward Bound USA and a director of the American Himalayan Foundation, the Central Asia Institute, the Bay Area Council, Six Seconds, Inc. and Synapse School. He is a former: trustee of Stanford University, overseer of the Hoover Institution, director of the Packard Children’s Hospital and president of the Stanford Alumni Association. He currently is a member of Stanford Associates, the World Presidents Organization, the Chief Executives Organization, Explorers Club and the Bohemian Club.

He received a BS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University, where he worked as an assistant to Professor Georges F. Doriot, founder of American Research & Development Corp., an early venture capital firm, following service as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, Strategic Air Command. He is married to Karen Stone McCown, founder of the Nueva and Synapse Schools and the Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence worldwide network. They have 8 children, 13 grandchildren and reside in Portola Valley, CA.