Jonathan Lavine

Vice Chair

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

Jonathan Lavine is the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Sankaty Advisors, which he founded in 1997.  Sankaty, an independently managed affiliate of Bain Capital, is one of the leading global credit and distressed debt managers.  The firm has over 200 employees with offices in Boston, New York, London, Chicago, Australia and Luxembourg.  Sankaty has approximately $25 billion assets under management.  He is also a member of the ownership group and a director of the Boston Celtics.

Before the formation of Sankaty, 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 the Mergers & Acquisitions Department.

Mr. Lavine is the Chair of the City Year Board of Trustees and serves on the boards of Children’s Hospital Trust, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Be the Change/ Opportunity Nation.  He is also a Trustee of Columbia University having formerly chaired the Columbia College Board of Visitors.  In 2011, he and his wife Jeannie endowed the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, which supports training and education of humanitarian aid workers.  The Lavines currently chair the HSPH Capital Campaign.

In 2007, Jonathan and his wife formed the Crimson Lion Foundation, which along with direct contributions from the Lavines provides financial support to numerous community-based organizations including Best Buddies, Cradles to Crayons, uAspire, LIFT Communities, Be The Change, Service Nation, Opportunity Nation and the USO.  The Lavines also support a number of Jewish organizations including ADL, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, Brandeis University, Hebrew Union College and American Jewish World Service.  
Mr. Lavine graduated 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.

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• 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)