Counselor. Strategist. Dot Connector.
Ken Ebie is the Founder and Principal of Ebie Strategies LLC. With over fifteen years of experience in law, politics, government and public affairs, Ken has established a track record of success in creating innovative and social impact initiatives at the highest levels of government, arts & culture, and philanthropy.
Ken is currently serving as the inaugural Executive Director & Chief Development Officer of Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC), a first-of-its-kind municipal initiative in a major American city to help address the racial wealth gap through entrepreneurship. In this role, he is responsible for establishing public-private partnerships and developing programs to address systemic challenges to Black business ownership, particularly in high-growth industries. Under Ebie’s leadership, BE NYC has established five public-private partnerships and created six programs and initiatives, including the NYC's first citywide directory of Black-owned small businesses, Shop Black NYC.
Ken's prior experience includes work at a national strategic communications and public affairs firm, where he managed a client portfolio of media and technology companies, film production companies, and national non-profit organizations. He previously led external affairs at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), where he launched a groundbreaking environmental sustainability initiative (NYC Film Green), produced the "Made in NY" Media Summit (focused on industry diversity and workforce development) and forged partnerships with organizations such as the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation to support diversity and inclusion in NYC’s multibillion dollar media & entertainment industry.
Ebie previously served as the campaign manager for the late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, providing policy and strategic advice that led to an historic victory over a 23-year incumbent and the establishment of a nationally renowned Conviction Review Unit.
Passionate about racial, social and economic justice, Ken has been recognized by Brooklyn Magazine as one of its “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture”; by the Council of Urban Professionals as a “CUP Catalyst”; by the NYC Commission on Human Rights as a 2022 "Trailblazer"; and by the New York Urban League as its 2023 Equity and Inclusion Ambassador. Ken currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Harvard Club of New York and Soho Repertory Theatre and is a founding member of Beyond #MeToo: A Working Group on Corporate Governance, Compliance and Risk.
Ken holds a B.A. from Harvard College, where he was elected as a Class Marshal, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Cameroon, where he was also a semi-professional basketball player.