Jacquelyn Rebekka Bonner is an asset management professional based in Manhattan, New York. Her career has focused on advising founders and CEOs of private funds (hedge, p/e and v/c funds and traditional asset managers) in a range of C-suite roles: COO, GC, CCO, CFO, and other positions. As a “Biden Alum” who served on Vice President Joe Biden’s staff early in her career, she currently supports and advises the Biden 2020 campaign on a pro bono “special projects” basis. She’ll be looking for her next role in asset management after November 2020.
As Managing Director/General Counsel and Dty COO of a $27B Manhattan-based asset management firm (long-short & long-only equity), she assisted with the firm’s overall management, including succession planning. She also served as GC/CCO and participated in the launch and operational management for a quantitative multi-strategy hedge fund and global pension advisory business founded by a former Goldman partner. She recently consulted as COO for a former Goldman Sachs partner launching a venture capital firm and as part-time Senior Advisor for a private equity firm.
Bonner’s past Wall Street experience includes several years as Assistant General Counsel at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, advising the firm’s quantitative and fixed income private funds, funds-of-funds, and private equity businesses–including Global Alpha, the then-largest hedge fund in the world. She also supported the board of Goldman Sachs Gives, a fund established in 2007 and structured as a vehicle to consolidate Goldman Sachs partners’ charitable giving.
Prior to Wall Street, her legal practice at Skadden, Arps focused on counseling investment companies and asset managers in New York and London on regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions and related transactions, activist strategies and firm launches & successions.
For the US. government, Bonner served as Deputy Director (COO, CFO and GC) of a Pentagon task force charged with designing, facilitating and executing public-private investment projects, private equity deals and other transactions, focused on stabilizing the economies of Iraq and Afghanistan. As a pro bono Yale Law Fellow, she focused on capital markets and global financial regulatory research.
Before attending Yale Law and Harvard Business Schools, Ms. Bonner served on the staff of several senators and intern to a senior official in the Clinton White House. A former award-winning columnist, she covered business, politics and media and was honored for her work by the Society of Professional Journalists. She earned her undergraduate degrees in international relations and French literature, with minors in economics and political science.
Born and raised in Brazil and Germany, Ms. Bonner is an American citizen conversant in German, French and Portuguese. She enjoys board service, wildlife photography, and currently wrapping up a project focused on helping busy executives interested in developing a personal mindfulness meditation practice.