Alan and Charlotte Kahn


By contributing time and resources to benefit others, we have all gained more than we gave. The causes and the people I have worked with have inspired me.” – Alan Kahn 

Charlotte Segelbaum Kahn, a graduate of Georgetown University, worked as a school teacher before getting married. She has since dedicated much of her time to volunteerism and philanthropy. Highly involved in the Arts, Charlotte has served as the president of the Symphony League and initiated the Symphony Showhouse. She has also served on the boards of the Palmetto Symphony, the Columbia Lyric Opera, the Columbia Ballet, and the Columbia Music Festival. She has served on the advisory board of the University of South Carolina College of Liberal Arts, as well as the Historic Columbia Foundation and is presently on the Board of the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, which is the umbrella organization for the Arts in Columbia. For her contribution to the Arts in the City of Columbia she received, with her husband, the Lyre Award in 1979 

Charlotte has served on the Columbia Hadassah Board and the Beth Shalom Sisterhood Board, and is this year’s chair for their annual Donor Event. She has also served more than once as Women’s Division Chair for the United Jewish Appeal Drive. 
In addition to her philanthropic work, Charlotte enjoys reading and is a member of several book clubs. But most especially she enjoys babysitting her gorgeous grandchildren. 

Alan Bruce Kahn is a graduate of Duke University and earned an M.B.A in Finance from George Washington University. He is Chairman of the M.B. Kahn Construction Co. Inc., the 106th largest building firm in the United States, and is President of Kahn Development Company, a real estate development firm. 

Alan has served as president of the USC School of Medicine Partnership Board, the Columbia Area Mental Health Center, the Evening Music Club, the Kosmos Club, the Columbia Jewish Federation, Beth Shalom Congregation, and recently chaired the Capital Campaign for a new Columbia Jewish Community Center. He has also chaired the Investment Committee of the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the local advisory board of Bank of America, and served as a board member of the State Museum. 

He has received the Order of the Palmetto, as well as awards from B’nai B’rith, Israel Bonds, the Columbia Jewish Federation, and the March of Dimes. 

The Kahns have three children, Kevin, a neurologist residing in Hillsborough, NC, Charles, a construction manager in Columbia, SC, and Monique, a dietician and graduate student in nutrition who lives in Newton, MA.