Annually, Brown University honors a master’s student whose outstanding contributions have influenced or contributed to the field or profession. This year, the recipient of the Master’s Award for Professional Excellence is. Dr. Jonathan R. Everhart ’23 Sc.M., a graduate of the master’s in cybersecurity program.
A lifelong learner, Everhart has earned nine degrees spanning multiple disciplines, including business, law, accounting and technology. This education combined with his passion and determination has fueled his rise to being one of the premier global leaders in sustainable digital economies.
Everhart currently serves as the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Global ReEnergy Holdings, which he founded in 2015. Over the years, he built the company into a global powerhouse, with a reputation for being at the forefront of the digital economy and sustainable finance.
Seeking additional expertise and education in the cybersecurity field, Dr. Everhart enrolled in Brown’s Master’s in Cybersecurity program in 2022, where he immersed himself in courses on finance, law and environmental policy. In parallel to his studies, Dr. Everhart continued his important work, which led to the achievement of several significant professional accomplishments.
In July 2022, Dr. Everhart was appointed to the United States Investment Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he advises the department on strategies and programs for foreign direct investment in the United States. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Council’s Subcommittee on Economic Competitiveness.
His public-sector work also includes an appointment at the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative – Executive Office of the U.S. President to provide trade policy advice on ESG matters.
But Dr. Everhart's achievements do not stop here. In August 2022, Dr. Everhart received another prestigious honor. He was selected as a Member to the Bretton Woods Committee, a high-level organization of global leaders in finance and economics. As a member of the Bretton Woods Future of Finance working group, he is tasked with leading the drafting of policy briefs on the impact of emerging technologies on the global capital markets and climate finance.
His mentor, executive advisor and nominator, Helon Turner, Esq. notes, “Dr. Everhart’s global leadership in finance, the digital economy and ESG while completing his studies at Brown University embodies — at the highest level — what your institution seeks from its students throughout their professional pursuits. I am confident he will continue to demonstrate exceptional leadership globally as an alumnus.”
Further, as a Graduate Affiliate at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, he published a policy brief with the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance entitled Cybersecurity + ESG for the Global Capital Markets – Implementing Cybersecurity within Nasdaq’s ESG Framework. His proposal was aimed at encouraging enhanced cybersecurity governance and improvements for the global capital markets. Dr. Everhart's proposal was also submitted to Nasdaq for implementation consideration within their ESG Guide.
Upon graduation, Everhart will continue his role as Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer of a digital economy company — Global ReEnergy Holdings as well as serve on the many critical committees to which he has recently been appointed.
Upon recognition of this award, Everhart commented “My pursuit of high-level board/advisory councils to expand my expertise and the impact of my commercial and policy work was influenced by Dr. Ruth Simmons, former President of Brown University and Dr. Kneeland Youngblood, Chairman & CEO of Pharos Capital Group.”
He continued, “I met with Dr. Simmons and Dr. Youngblood in my early thirties. They both encouraged me to pursue high-level board/advisory council positions and provided me with insights and wisdom from their own journeys on how to navigate getting appointed and using my board position to have a global impact.”
“I gratefully attribute my professional board success to each of their legacies. I also thank God and my family, friends, and colleagues for their tremendous support too,” Everhart concluded.