Jonathan Lavine is Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm with approximately $160 billion in assets under management, 1,600 employees and 23 offices worldwide. He also serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital Credit and Bain Capital Special Situations which he founded in 1998. Together, those businesses have more than $57 billion in assets under management, more than 440 employees and offices on four continents.
Mr. Lavine joined Bain Capital’s private equity group in 1993. Prior to joining Bain Capital, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Upon graduating from Columbia, he began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Lavine and his wife, Jeannie, formed the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation which delivers financial resources to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations focused on leveling the playing field for individuals and families. The foundation works to address pressing social challenges in the areas of education, community and public service, health and welfare, discrimination, and poverty. It supports the multi-disciplinary efforts of organizations that serve to strengthen society through research, innovation, public policy, direct service, and advocacy.
The Lavines are longtime supporters of Columbia University, where Mr. Lavine serves as Chair of the Trustees of the University and is a former Chair of the Columbia College Board of Visitors. The Lavines have supported all 18 of Columbia’s schools. They are also major supporters of Harvard University, where they endowed the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health and provided substantial support to fund scholarships for first-generation students at Harvard Business School.
In addition to their work with Columbia, the Lavines support a diverse array of organizations, including: City Year (where Mr. Lavine is Chairman Emeritus of the National Board of Trustees), uAspire (where they have dedicated the Lavine Family Center for College Affordability), WBUR/NPR (where they have dedicated the Lavine Broadcasting Center at CitySpace in Boston), LIFT, Cradles to Crayons, the Equal Justice Initiative, and many others. In addition, they have provided major support to several healthcare institutions including the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital as well as other medical research organizations.
Mr. Lavine is the 2017 recipient of Columbia University’s Alexander Hamilton Medal, the highest honor awarded to a member of the college community for distinguished service. He is a past recipient of Columbia’s John Jay Award for professional achievement, Columbia’s David Truman Award for outstanding contribution to academic affairs, the Dean’s Leadership Award for the Class of 1988 25th Reunion, Columbia/Barnard Hillel’s Seixas Award, Opportunity Nation’s American Dream Award, Voices for National Service’s Citizen Service Award, and of the New England Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Community Service Award. In 2016, President Obama appointed Mr. Lavine as a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council where he served until 2020. Mr. Lavine is also a member of the investor group and a director of the Boston Celtics.
Mr. Lavine graduated from Columbia College, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
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