Jonathan Lavine

Vice Chair

  • Columbia, B.A., 1988
  • Harvard University, M.B.A., 1992

Jonathan Lavine is Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital and Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital Credit, which he founded in 1998. Bain Capital is one of the world’s leading private, multi-asset alternative investment firms. The firm invests across asset classes including private equity, credit, public equity, venture capital, and other strategic areas of focus. Bain Capital has approximately $75 billion in assets under management and approximately 950 employees with 15 offices on four continents. Mr. Lavine is also a member of the Boston Celtics’ ownership group and serves as a director.

Before the formation of Bain Capital Credit, Mr. Lavine worked in Bain Capital’s private equity business, which he joined in 1993.  Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Lavine was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.  He began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in mergers and acquisitions.

In 2007, he and his wife, Jeannie, formed the Crimson Lion Foundation which delivers financial resources to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations focused on leveling the playing field for individuals and families, with a particular emphasis on access to quality educational opportunities and addressing economic inequality.  The Lavines are longtime supporters of Columbia University, where Mr. Lavine currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Lavine chaired the Columbia College Board of Visitors.  The Lavines are longtime supporters of critical initiatives across the university including financial aid, student life and faculty support.  Jonathan currently co-chairs the Core to Commencement and Columbia Commitment Campaigns.

In addition, Mr. Lavine serves as Chair of the National Board of Trustees of City Year, an organization focused on stemming the high school dropout rate in urban centers across the United States.  In 2015, they dedicated the Lavine Family Center for College Affordability at uAspire, an organization focused on providing financial resources to attain a postsecondary education.  The Lavines and the Crimson Lion Foundation also provide financial support to numerous community-based organizations including LIFT, a national nonprofit focused on breaking the cycle on intergenerational poverty, Best Buddies, Cradles to Crayons and the Equal Justice Initiative.

The Lavines also support a number of Jewish organizations including Columbia/Barnard Hillel, ADL, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, Hebrew Union College and American Jewish World Service.  In 2016, Mr. Lavine was appointed a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council by President Barack Obama.

In the area of healthcare, in 2011, the Lavines endowed the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Mr. Lavine also serves on the boards of Boston Children’s Hospital Trust and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 

Mr. Lavine graduated from Columbia College, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and holds an M.B.A with Distinction from Harvard Business School.  While at Columbia, he received the David Truman Award for outstanding contribution to the academic affairs of the college.  He received the Dean’s Leadership Award for the Class of 1988 25th Reunion.  He is a past recipient of Columbia’s John Jay Award for professional achievement, Columbia/Barnard Hillel’s Seixas Award, Opportunity Nation’s American Dream Award, and the New England Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Community Service Award. In 2015, Voices For Service recognized Jonathan as a Champion of National Service.

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Highlights:

·         Sunil Gulati and Jonathan Lavine hold panel discussion benefitting                                     Columbia Alumni Association of Boston Scholarship Fund (Spring 2015)

·         Jonathan Lavine passes the torch to new Board of Visitors Chair. (Summer 2012)

·         Jonathan Lavine elected to Columbia Board of Trustees. (Fall 2011)

·         Jonathan Lavine and Gerry Lenfest establish                                                                         $5 million match for Core Curriculum.(Summer 2011)

·         Jonathan Lavine one of five alumni honored at Jay Dinner. (Summer 2008)