Sheryl Schwartz

Sheryl Schwartz is an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Private Equity at the Gabelli School of Business. She has been a Managing Director at Caspian Private Equity(“Flexstone”), Perseus, and TIAA-CREF where she leads investments in private equity on behalf of institutional investors. In these roles, she built diversified portfolios with a focus on ESG, emerging managers, and North American mid-market. At TIAA, Caspian and Perseus, she was a member of the Investment and Executive Committee for alternative investments including funds, co-investments timber, and real estate. At Perseus, she was one of three partners responsible for fundraising, sourcing, evaluating, and making direct mezzanine and structured equity investments in connection with leveraged buyouts, recapitalization, and growth financings. At TIAA, she had a successful career split between investing in fixed income and alternative investments. Ms. Schwartz built and led TIAA-CREF’s Alternative Investment team, which included building a diversified portfolio of $13 billion of investments in private equity funds, co-investments, mezzanine debt, and timber.

Ms. Schwartz serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity, which is a nonprofit organization committed to the development and advancement of women in private equity and venture capital since 2007 and is an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Private Equity at Fordham Gabelli School.

Ms. Schwartz was one of Mergers & Acquisitions “Most Influential Women in the Mid Market M&A” in 2015, 2016, and 2019, was featured in the Wall Street Journal’s “Six of Private Equity’s Most Influential Female Gatekeepers” in 2017 and in Buyouts Magazine in March 2019 “Building networks: 10 women thriving in PE and helping transform the culture”.

Ms. Schwartz holds both a B.S. and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University.