Board of Directors
Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer
Monte M. Brem has served as StepStone’s Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer since November 2019. He served as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer and a director since he co-founded StepStone in January 2007 until he became its Co-Chief Executive Officer in August 2019. He is a member of our global private equity team where he focuses on co-investments and the Asia business, and is involved in various management activities. From 2002 to 2005, prior to co-founding StepStone, Mr. Brem served as Managing Director and Principal and eventually President at Pacific Corporate Group LLC, a private equity investment firm that oversaw approximately $15 billion of commitments from institutional clients. As Managing Director and Principal, Mr. Brem was responsible for sourcing and executing direct investment transactions for the PCG Corporate Partners Fund and PCG Co-investment Fund. While serving as President, Mr. Brem oversaw all aspects of Pacific Corporate Group’s global fund investment business. Earlier in his career, Mr. Brem was an Associate at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he focused on complex corporate transactions and corporate governance matters. Mr. Brem received his B.A. from San Diego State University and his J.D. and MBA from the University of San Diego. He is a member of the state bar of California (inactive status). We believe that Mr. Brem’s extensive experience in private markets investments and the perspective he brings as our Co-Chief Executive Officer qualify him to serve on our board of directors as Chairman.
Chairman of the Board
Valerie G. Brown was appointed as a director of StepStone in April 2021. From 2016 to 2019, Ms. Brown served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Advisor Group, Inc., a network of independent investment advisors. Prior to that, she was Chief Executive Officer of Cetera Financial Group, a network of independent retail investment advisors, from 2010 to 2014. Before joining Cetera, Ms. Brown held a number of executive and senior leadership positions at ING Group and ING North America, as well as Taco Bell Worldwide. Ms. Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors of Advisor Group, AmWINS Group, Inc., a wholesale distributor of specialty insurance products and services, Jackson Hole Airport and Protect Our Water Jackson Hole. Ms. Brown received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and her MBA from Stanford University. We believe that Ms. Brown’s experience in wealth management and financial services, in addition to her financial acumen, qualifies her to serve on our board of directors.
Co-Chief Operating Officer, Director
Jose A. Fernandez has served as SSG’s Co-Chief Operating Officer since November 2019. He co-founded StepStone in 2007 as Partner, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. He served as StepStone’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer until October 2010 when he was succeeded by Jason Ment so that he could focus on his business role. In March 2017, he became StepStone’s Chief Operating Officer. He served in that role until sharing that role with Mr. Ment as Co-Chief Operating Officer in July 2018. He is also involved in StepStone’s Environmental, Social and Governance activities, as well as diversity initiatives, in addition to various investment activities. Prior to co-founding the firm in 2007, Mr. Fernandez served as Managing Director and General Counsel at Pacific Corporate Group LLC, a privately-held investment advisory firm, from 2004 to 2006, were he was responsible for all legal and compliance activities, as well as research on emerging managers. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Fernandez was an Associate at the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. At Latham & Watkins, Mr. Fernandez was a member of the Private Equity/Investment Fund Practice Group where he organized and represented private equity, venture capital, and buy-out funds. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Fernandez was an Associate at the law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. Mr. Fernandez received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. We believe that Mr. Fernandez’s extensive experience in private markets investments and his deep understanding of StepStone’s operations qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Director
Scott W. Hart has served as SSG’s Co-Chief Executive Officer since November 2019. Mr. Hart has also served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of StepStone since August 2019. He also is a member of StepStone’s Executive Committee, Private Equity Investment Committee and Private Equity Portfolio and Risk Management Committee. He has held a number of responsibilities over time, managing a number of important client relationships, serving as Co-Head of Private Equity Co-Investments between January 2013 to October 2019 and helping with opening the firm’s London office. Prior to joining StepStone in 2007, Mr. Hart was an Associate at TPG Capital, LP from 2005 to 2007. While at TPG Capital LP, Mr. Hart focused on evaluating, executing and monitoring investments for a private equity fund, as well as helping to develop views on investment thesis, valuation, financing and exit strategy. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Hart worked as an Analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Consumer & Retail group, where he performed financial and strategic analysis on acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, divestitures, and debt and equity capital markets transactions. Mr. Hart received his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. We believe that Mr. Hart’s extensive experience in private markets investments and the perspective he brings as our Co-Chief Executive Officer qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
David F. Hoffmeister served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Life Technologies Corporation, a global life sciences company, from 2008 to 2014 when it was acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. From 2004 to 2008, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Invitrogen Corporation, which merged with Applied Biosystems in 2008 to form Life Technologies Corporation. Prior to joining Invitrogen, Mr. Hoffmeister spent 20 years with McKinsey & Company as a senior partner serving clients in the healthcare, private equity and chemical industries on issues of strategy and organization. Before joining McKinsey & Company, he held financial positions at GTE Corp. and W.R. Grace and Co. Mr. Hoffmeister currently serves on the boards of directors of Celanese Corporation (since 2006), Glaukos Corporation (since 2014) and ICU Medical, Inc. (since January 2018). He also serves on the boards of directors of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. Mr. Hoffmeister received his B.S. from the University of Minnesota and his MBA from the University of Chicago. We believe that Mr. Hoffmeister’s strong finance background, experience as a chief financial officer of a global biotechnology company and as a senior partner of a global managing consulting firm advising on strategic matters, and public company board and audit committee experience qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
Thomas Keck co-founded StepStone in 2007 as Partner and leads StepStone’s global research and portfolio management activities, and the development of SPI. He is also involved in StepStone’s responsible investment and risk management initiatives. Prior to co-founding the firm in 2007, from 2005 to 2006, Mr. Keck was a managing director at Pacific Corporate Group, a private equity investment firm that oversaw over $15 billion of private equity commitments for institutional investors. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Keck was a principal with Blue Capital Management L.L.C., a middle market buyout firm, and from 1997 to 2000, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Keck formerly served on the board of directors for Porter Athletic Equipment Company, and currently serves on the board of Trio Health, Inc. He also currently serves on the Research Advisory Council of the Institute for Private Capital, as well as the Private Equity Advisory Council of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Keck received his B.A. from George Washington University and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer, receiving numerous decorations flying EA-6Bs off the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) from 1988 to 1995. We believe that Mr. Keck’s extensive experience in private market investments qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
Mark Maruszewski has been Partner of StepStone since October 2010. Mr. Maruszewski co-leads StepStone’s secondary practice and is involved in various other management and investment activities. Prior to joining StepStone in October 2010, Mr. Maruszewski was Partner at Pomona Capital, where he co-led the firm’s primary, secondary and coinvestment practices, representing over $6 billion in total commitments from 2000 to 2010. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Maruszewski was a member of the direct investment team of Stratum Group, a mid-market energy focused private equity platform, where he sourced, analyzed and oversaw various energy investments in the U.S. and Canada. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Maruszewski was an officer with Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. where he held varying positions within the firm’s global securities services business. Mr. Maruszewski received his B.S. from Allegheny College and his MBA from Georgetown University. He is also a CFA charter holder. We believe that Mr. Maruszewski’s extensive experience in private market investments qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
Head of Strategy, Director
Michael I. McCabe has served as SSG’s Head of Strategy since November 2019. Mr. McCabe has served as Head of Strategy of StepStone since May 2017. He has been Partner of StepStone since October 2010. He is a member of the private equity team and is involved with various investment and risk management activities. Prior to joining StepStone in 2010, Mr. McCabe served as a Vice President at Hamilton Lane Advisors L.L.C., where he was the co-head of secondary and co-investment funds from 2005 to 2008. From 1995 to 2005, Mr. McCabe served as Director at CEMEX S.A.B de C.V., a publicly-held company, where he focused on due diligence and financial analysis of capital investments, as well as strategic mergers and acquisitions. Mr. McCabe received a B.A. from Drexel University and an MBA from Columbia University. We believe that Mr. McCabe’s extensive experience in private markets investments and his deep knowledge of StepStone’s strategies qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
Steven R. Mitchell has served as a director at StepStone since its founding in January 2007. Mr. Mitchell has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Argonaut Private Capital L.P., a private equity investment firm, since July 2016, and from November 2004 to July 2016, he was the Managing Director of Argonaut Private Equity, LLC, a private equity investment firm. Prior to joining Argonaut Private Equity, LLC, Mr. Mitchell was a principal in both Radical Incubation, a private equity investment firm, and 2929 Entertainment, LLC, a media company. Mr. Mitchell currently serves on the board of directors of Aspen Aerogels, Inc., a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He also currently serves on the boards of directors of several privately owned companies, including DMB Pacific, LLC, Otis Eastern Services, LLC, Miratech Holdings, Inc., The Fred Jones Companies, LLC, JAC Holding Enterprises, Inc., Alkami Technology, Inc., SEF Energy, LLC, MT Group Holdings, LLC, Global Technology Partners, LLC, Mark Young Construction, LLC and American Cementing, LLC. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Mitchell was a corporate attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Mr. Mitchell received his B.B.A. from Baylor University and his JD from the University of San Diego School of Law. We believe that Mr. Mitchell’s public company board experience qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
Anne L. Raymond has had a 35 year career in real estate finance and investment management. From 2000 to 2017, she held senior leadership positions and served on the firmwide Investment Committees at Crow Holdings – a privately-owned real estate investment and development firm with a 70-year history and proven track record of performance. She retired in 2017 as President of Crow Holdings Capital, a Registered Investment Advisor managing capital on behalf of global investors in private equity real estate funds and diversified investment portfolios on behalf of ultra-high-net-worth families. In addition, from 2000 to 2017, she was Managing Director of Crow Family Holdings – owner of national development companies Trammell Crow Residential and Crow Holdings Industrial. Prior to her tenure at Crow Holdings, from 1995 to 1998, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Wyndham International, Inc., an upscale and luxury hotel and resort company – leading its initial public offering in 1996. Ms. Raymond currently serves on the boards of directors of Crow Holdings and Trammell Crow Residential Company, as well as DFW Teach for America and Lone Star Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is also a member of American Enterprise Institute’s National Council and the Executive Advisory Council of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Ms. Raymond received her B.S. from the University of Missouri. We believe that Ms. Raymond’s extensive experience in private market investments in real estate and other asset classes, in addition to her financial acumen, qualify her to serve on our board of directors.
Robert A. Waldo has served as a director at StepStone since its founding in January 2007. Mr. Waldo currently serves as an adviser to Sanford Energy, Inc., an affiliate of Argonaut Private Equity LLC, which is a private equity investment firm, and since 2015, he has also been serving as the President of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, an upstream oil and gas company owned by George B. Kaiser. In addition to the upstream oil and gas business, Mr. Waldo is involved in various investment activities of Mr. Kaiser, including Excelerate Energy, Cactus Drilling and multiple private equity investments. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Waldo was the Executive Vice President of Kaiser- Francis Oil Company. Since 2004, Mr. Waldo has also been serving in various capacities at Argonaut Private Equity, LLC. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Waldo worked as an associate at Evercore Partners, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments, and from 1998 to 2000 he was an analyst in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch. Mr. Waldo received his A.B. from Harvard University and MBA from Duke University. We believe that Mr. Waldo’s extensive experience in private market investments qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.