Co-Managing Partner, Bain Capital in Boston, Massachusetts
Jonathan Lavine is the Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, a leading multi-asset investment firm with more than 1,000 employees worldwide and more than $105 billion in assets under management. He is also the Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital Credit, Bain Capital’s credit affiliate, which he founded in 1997 as Sankaty Advisors. Today, Bain Capital Credit has nearly 300 employees and more than $41 billion in assets under management.
Jonathan is a Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University and also co-chairs the Campaign for Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with his wife Jeannie.
In 2007, Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine formed the Crimson Lion Foundation to oversee their philanthropic efforts. The Foundation has a multi-disciplinary approach, incorporating research and innovation, advocacy for public policy, and direct action or financial support.
The Foundation helped create the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative at Harvard University. In 2017, the Lavines also made a record-breaking gift of $12 million to Harvard Business School to create scholarships for first-generation college students.
Beyond their support for Harvard and Columbia, the Lavines have also worked with many other philanthropic and not-for-profit organizations. Jonathan is a long-time supporter and Chairman Emeritus of City Year, which honored him with its 30th Anniversary Legacy Award in 2019. The Lavines also dedicated the Lavine Family Center for College Affordability through uAspire and created the Lavine Broadcasting Center in Boston’s CitySpace with local NPR affiliate WBUR.
The Lavines and the Crimson Lion Foundation also work closely with Best Buddies, Cradles to Crayons, the Equal Justice Initiative, and LIFT. In 2017, the Lavines founded the Lavine Family Innovation Fund at LIFT Communities to develop services that help families living in poverty achieve economic mobility. Jonathan is also a member of the Ownership Group and a director of the Boston Celtics.
Jonathan Lavine received the John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement from Columbia University. He was honored with the ADL Distinguished Community Service Award, and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni honoree by Classical High School. In 2016, President Obama appointed Jonathan to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. In 2017, Columbia College awarded Jonathan the Alexander Hamilton Medal, the school’s highest honor.