|Alma mater||College of William & Mary|
|Employer||Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation
Kevin Gentry is a conservative political activist and fundraiser who serves as vice president of the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. A top aide to Charles Koch and David H. Koch, Gentry serves as vice president of special projects at Koch Industries.
Education and personal life
Gentry received a BA in economics from the College of William & Mary, where he served as chairman of the school's branch of the College Republicans. He is married to Anne Gentry, an attorney, who obtained a JD from the George Mason University School of Law, where she was the president of the school's branch of the Federalist Society.
From 1991 to 1997, Gentry served as executive vice president of the Leadership Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Virginia. Gentry later served as the vice president of the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies during which time the two organizations' combined annual revenue increased threefold, according to Philanthropy Magazine. He served as a fundraising consultant for Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore and U.S. Senator George Allen during their tenure in those offices. Gentry was the campaign manager for Morton Blackwell when Blackwell ran as the Republican National Committeeman of Virginia in 1988, 1992, and 1996.
In 2003, Gentry was hired at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation to improve the capacity of the foundation's grantees by mentoring them in fundraising best practices. He also serves as vice president of special projects for Koch Industries. According to Politico, Gentry is the primary fundraiser for the Koch family's political activities. Gentry's responsibilities include leading fundraising efforts at the Koch's biannual free enterprise donor seminars. The Koch fundraising summits, emceed by Gentry, were expected to spend $400 million on conservative causes ahead of the 2012 election. According to the Washington Post, Gentry "raises money for the network of Koch-backed organizations, some of which are prominent conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation".
Gentry leads an informal network of fundraisers for conservative think tanks and advocacy groups such as Americans for Prosperity. Breitbart.com reports that he has helped raise more than $500 million for free market and conservative causes since the early 1990s, and is considered one of the most successful fundraisers of the "freedom movement".
For contributions to the free market movement, Gentry was presented with the Roe Award in 2007 by the State Policy Network. The award is given to "recognize individuals who exhibit leadership, innovation and achievement in promoting free markets and less intrusive government at the state and local level.
In December 2010, Gentry joined the board of the Cato Institute. Gentry was placed on the board by Charles Koch and David Koch. Cato Institute chairman Robert Levy and president Edward Crane expressed concern that Gentry was a conservative rather than a libertarian, with Crane referring to Gentry as a "Republican activist" and "social conservative." Crane also expressed disappointment that Gentry had not involved Crane or other Cato Institute employees with Koch-sponsored donor events. In an opinion editorial posted on CNN.com, Gentry defended the Koch brothers against allegations that they wanted to compromise the political independence of the Cato Institute. In June 2012, as part of a settlement over the ownership of the Cato Institute, Gentry was removed from the board due to a provision that bars Koch employees from serving on the institute's board.
Gentry is the vice chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. He serves on the board of directors of Bethany Christian Services of Virginia and the Virginia Future Business Leaders Foundation. He is a member of the Council for National Policy, a networking group for social conservative activists. Gentry serves on Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's government reform advisory committee.
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