ICF Executive Fellows are practitioners who spend one to six semesters visiting the Yale School of Management. The role of an ICF Executive Fellow can vary widely but most have chosen to collaborate with students and faculty, conduct research, host conferences, create case studies, and teach independent courses or electives in an area of their expertise.
Steve Kasoff | Former Partner, Elliott Management Corp.
Steve Kasoff recently retired after a 27-year career in finance. From 2003 through 2020, he was at Elliott Management Corp., one of the world’s largest hedge funds, with over $40 billion of capital under management. Steve was a Partner, member of the Management Committee, and global head of investments in real estate, structured products, commercial and residential mortgage backed securities, and CLOs. He was also involved in the oversight of interest rate and currency trading. Prior to joining Elliott, Steve was a Director in the CDO group at Deutsche Bank (1999-2003), and earlier was a member of the credit derivatives group at Merrill Lynch (1997-99) and the mortgage group at Lehman Brothers (1993-95). Steve received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University (1993), and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (1997).
Adam Blumenthal | Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC
Adam Blumenthal is Founder and Managing Partner of Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC, and a member of its Investment Committee. The Blue Wolf Capital Funds are a family of private equity funds focused on transformational investments in middle market companies.
Mr. Blumenthal was the founding partner of Blue Wolf in 2005. He has served on the board of directors of numerous middle market companies over the course of three decades. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Finch Paper Company LLC, Twin Rivers Paper Company, Elara Caring, StateServ Holdings, LLC, Fox Rehabilitation, ClearSky Health LLC, RHA Health Services, and Kirlin Design Build.
From 2011 through 2017, Mr. Blumenthal was a Trustee, and Chair, of the Investment Committee of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, a $60 billion fund that pays retiree health benefits for over 700,000 UAW employees of Ford, Chrysler and General Motors.
From 1989 to 2002, Mr. Blumenthal built and managed American Capital Ltd., a publicly-traded buyout and mezzanine fund (NASDAQ: ACAS). Mr. Blumenthal played a central role building ACAS into a publicly-traded buyout and mezzanine fund with a portfolio of over $1 billion invested in sixty-three middle market companies, by the time he left in 2002. From the 1997 initial public offering until 2002, Mr. Blumenthal served continuously on ACAS’s board of directors, was a founding member of its investment committee, and held positions including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, President and Vice Chairman. Over this time, ACAS produced a 22% IRR to investors in its initial public offering.
Mr. Blumenthal served as First Deputy Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer for New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. from 2002 – 2005. In this capacity, he oversaw the capital markets activities of the Comptroller’s office, including overseeing the City’s debt issuance, managed the assets of the New York City Retirement Systems, and issued budget, financial, and economic analyses. During Mr. Blumenthal’s tenure, the City’s pension assets increased from $65 billion to $85 billion, primarily as a result of strong investment gains.
Mr. Blumenthal received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College, and a M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. From 2004 to 2007, he served on the Yale SOM’s Board of Advisors, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board for Yale’s International Center for Finance. In 2009, he was named a Donaldson Fellow at the Yale SOM. He has been a trustee, and Chairman, of the Investment Committee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Community Service Society of New York.
Andrea Levere | President Emerita, Prosperity Now
Andrea Levere is President Emerita of Prosperity Now (formerly CFED), a private nonprofit organization with the mission of ensuring that everyone can gain financial stability, build wealth and achieve prosperity. It designs and operates major national initiatives that aim to integrate financial capability services into systems serving low-income people, build assets and savings, close the racial wealth divide and advance research and policies that expands economy mobility for all. She stepped down in August 2019 after spending 15 years as President and 27 years with the organization.
In 2013, President Obama appointed Ms. Levere to the National Cooperative Bank’s (NCB) Board of Directors. She serves as the Chair of the Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Chair of ROC USA, a national social venture that converts manufactured home parks into resident owned cooperatives. She is also member of the FDIC’s Committee on Economic Inclusion, and Morgan Stanley’s Community Development Advisory Board. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Yale University.
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The Convening: Charting the Next Wave of Equitable Finance Proceedings Document
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