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Jonathan S. Lavine

Chair, Bain Capital
Jonathan S. Lavine

Jonathan Lavine is Chair of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm with approximately $185 billion in assets under management. He joined Bain Capital’s private equity team in 1993, founded Bain Capital Special Situations and Bain Capital Credit in 1998 and served as Co-Managing Partner of the firm from 2016 - 2024.

Before joining Bain Capital, Mr. Lavine was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Prior to joining Bain Capital, he worked as an analyst for Drexel Burnham Lambert.


Mr. Lavine is a longtime supporter of Columbia University. He serves as Chair Emeritus at Columbia University and formerly chaired the Columbia College Board of Visitors. In 2017, he received the Columbia University Alexander Hamilton Medal, Columbia’s highest honor for distinguished services to the college community. Other awards Mr. Lavine has received from Columbia include the Columbia/Barnard Hillel’s Seixas Award, Columbia’s John Jay Award and the Columbia David Truman Award for outstanding contribution to academic affairs.

Jonathan and his wife, Jeannie Lavine, support many organizations in the education, healthcare, and professional development industries. Their contributions include donations to the Lavine Family Fellowship Challenge Fund at Harvard Business School, supporting students who are the first in their families to attend college.

The Lavines launched the Lavine Family Center for College Affordability at UAspire, a nonprofit organization committed to providing students with resources and financial information to find affordable alternatives to attend and graduate from college. In addition, the couple are longtime supporters of healthcare institutions such as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Cycle for Survival.

Jonathan Lavine is Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign for Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Chairman Emeritus of the City Year Board of Trustees.


Jonathan Lavine graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Columbia College and received his M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School.