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Jeannie & Jonathan Lavine | Harvard Biography

Jonathan Lavine, MBA ’92 and his wife Jeannie Lavine, AB ’88, MBA ’92

Jonathan Lavine is the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Sankaty Advisors, the credit affiliate of Bain Capital, where Lavine serves as a Managing Director. With over 180 employees across offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, London and Australia, Sankaty has approximately $19 billion assets under management.

Lavine graduated from Harvard Business School with distinction in 1992 where he met his wife Jeannie Lavine, AB ’88, MBA ’92, who followed in her father’s footsteps, graduating from both Harvard College and Harvard Business School. After Harvard, Jeannie worked with The Boston Consulting Group, a global consulting firm. Jeannie is active at Harvard with her 25th reunion, and shares expertise at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and University levels.

The couple has since been actively involved in supporting Harvard through various endeavors. In 2007, Jonathan and Jeannie formed the Crimson Lion Foundation, named in part for their involvement with Harvard. Through Crimson Lion, they focus their philanthropic endeavors, which have included contributions to Harvard.

In 2011, the Lavines established the Lavine Family Cornerstone Scholarship Fund, which supports four undergraduates through Harvard’s financial aid program.

In 2012, Jonathan and Jeannie, contributed a $5 million grant to the Harvard School of Public Health, establishing the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative (HSI), which expands the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and supports training and education of humanitarian relief workers. Michael VanRooyen, the director off HHI said the Lavine’s gift would “help HSI extend the reach of humanitarian education to an international scale and boost the impact of humanitarian relief by focusing on professional skill building and evidence-based research on best practices.”

Under HSI, an additional 150 or more students a year will be able to study at the School to learn how to provide aid effectively, efficiently and safely. HSI will also provide entry-level students and current field workers with access to courses, simulated trainings and case studies.

Jonathan and Jeannie have also served as co-chairs of the Gala Committee for the Harvard School of Public Health Centennial Celebration & Campaign Launch, a two-day event celebrating HSPH’s history while launching a fundraising campaign and offering a leadership summit.

Aside from his Harvard involvement, Jonathan Lavine represents the Lavine family on several boards, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a Harvard-affiliated medical center. He is a member of the boards of Children’s Hospital Trust, City Year, Be The Change Inc., Opportunity Nation, Dana Hall School and Horizons for Homeless Children. He also serves as a Trustee of Columbia University and a Director of the Boston Celtics.

In 2012, Jonathan Lavine was honored by the Anti-Defamation League with the Distinguished Community Service Award.

The Lavines reside in Weston, Massachusetts and have two children.

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