Decades of investing experience


Jonathan S. Lavine

Managing Partner, CIO & Managing Director


Jonathan Lavine founded Sankaty Advisors in 1997 having previously joined Bain Capital in 1993.  He is a Managing Director, and since inception, Managing Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Sankaty Advisors and its related funds.  He is chair of the Firm's Credit Committee  and Risk & Oversight Committee, with overall responsibility for the Firm’s investment strategy, management and risk.  Before the formation of Sankaty, Mr. Lavine worked in Bain Capital’s private equity business.  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.


Jonathan Lavine graduated Columbia College, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and holds an M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School.  In 2008, Mr. Lavine was honored with Columbia’s John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement.  He currently serves as a Trustee of Columbia University.


Jonathan Lavine and his wife, Jeannie, have continued to remain involved with Harvard through various endeavors.  In 2007, they founded the Crimson Lion Foundation which provides financial support to several organizations that include Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Cradles to Crayons, Be The Change, Best Buddies, uAspire, LIFT Communities, Horizons for Homeless Children and Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, and an active board member for ServiceNation.  They also helped establish the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative (HSI) in 2011, which supports training and education of humanitarian aid workers.
In 2012, Jonathan Lavine was awarded the Distinguished Community Service Award by the New England Anti-Defamation League.
Mr. Lavine has also been an active contributor to City Year since inception, and in 2013, he was named chair of City Year’s National Board of Trustees.  In 2015, he was recognized as a Champion of National Service by Voices for National Service.

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