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Jonathan Lavine

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Jonathan Lavine
Chair Emeritus, City Year, Inc. Co-Managing Partner, Bain Capital, LP

Jonathan Lavine is the co-managing partner of Bain Capital, LP. Mr. Lavine founded Bain Capital Credit, formerly known as Sankaty Advisors, in 1997. Bain Capital Credit has more than $30 billion in assets under management, and has more than 200 employees in offices across the U.S., the UK, Australia and China. Before joining Bain Capital, Mr. Lavine worked with McKinsey & Company and Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Mr. Lavine has served as chair of the City Year Board of Trustees since 2013. Together with his wife, Jeannie, he has partnered with City Year since 1991. In 2012, the Lavines committed $10 million to City Year to help advance the organization’s long-term goals.

In addition to their commitment to City Year, the Lavines are active in a number of philanthropic and civic organizations. In 2007, they founded the Crimson Lion Foundation through which they provide support to nonprofits including uAspire, Opportunity Nation, the Anti Defamation League, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and American Jewish Service. The Lavines have also endowed the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, and established the Lavine Family Cornerstone Scholarship Fund for Harvard undergraduates. In 2016, through the Crimson Lion Foundation, the Lavines made a $1 million donation to the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), the largest in the organization’s history. The Lavines’ gift to EJI supports the organization’s work to combat wrongful convictions and excessive punishment of defendants and prisoners in the U.S.

Mr. Lavine serves as vice-chairman of the trustees of Columbia University and sits of the boards of Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Opportunity Nation. In 2016, President Obama named Mr. Lavine to the U.S Holocaust Memorial Council.

Mr. Lavine graduated from Columbia College, phi beta kappa and magna cum laude, and received his Master of Business Administration with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Jonathan Lavine Highlights

Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine Committed to City Year
• From their first gift of $18 to their most recent multimillion dollar commitment, each gift has been given with purpose and compassion, and at critical junctures in City Year’s impact and growth.
Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine Pledge $10 Million
• A $10 million pledge from longtime City Year supporters Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine will enable City Year to begin to build the capacities needed for achieving the impact and scale goals of City Year’s Long-Term Impact strategy – a 10-year plan to build the Nation's urban graduation pipeline.
• Jonathan Lavine receives Anti-Defamation League Community Service Award
• The Anti-Defamation League of New England honored Jonathan Lavine with the2012 Distinguished Community Service Award for his “immense civic leadership and influence to affect positive change in our community.”
• Jonathan Lavine supports ServiceNation through the National Service Alliance
• In 2014, the National Service Alliance announced Service Year, a commitment to expanding national service. Jonathan Lavine is a Member of the Board at ServiceNation, a National Service Alliance member.
• Jonathan Lavine was recognized with the Citizen Service Award by Voices for National Service.
• In February of 2015, Voices for National Service recognized Jonathan Lavine for supporting the national service movement and first handedly participating in many service projects.

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