Kendrick Ashton is a founding member and Managing Director of Perella Weinberg Partners, a boutique financial services firm founded by Joe Perella and Peter Weinberg. From December 2009 until April 2011 he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Firm’s Corporate Advisory Business. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg, Kendrick was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co., executing large mergers, acquisitions, and debt and equity offerings across a broad range of industries. Kendrick also gained legal experience at the law firms of Cravath, Swaine & Moore; and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
Kendrick received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Merit Scholar and the Earl Dickerson Public Service Scholar, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he was also a Merit Scholar.
Prior to entering the University of Chicago, Kendrick served as Deputy Press Secretary for Steve Forbes’s presidential campaign (1999 – 2000) and as a Congressional Aide to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, D.C.
Kendrick received his A.B in International Relations – Political Economics from the College of William and Mary in 1998, where he was a member of the Dean’s List, an all-conference cornerback and received the William and Mary Quarterback Club’s President’s Award, the John Kratzer Memorial Award for Exemplary Courage, Self-Sacrifice, Leadership and Spirit, and the Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Award for Outstanding Leadership in Campus and Community Activities and for Service and Contribution to the College. In 2009, the Board of Directors of the College’s Alumni Association awarded Kendrick the Young Alumni Service Award for his service and commitment to William and Mary.
A fifth generation Washingtonian, Kendrick is a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary; an Emeritus Trustee of the College of William & Mary Foundation; a Trustee of the National Urban League; Co-founder, Board Member and Treasurer of Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men (Illinois’s first all-boys charter school); and Chairman of the Board of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.