Our mission


Our mission is to elevate Stern as a preeminent target school in the private investment community, by providing club members with the platform and resources to learn more about the private equity and venture capital industries, and the foundation to build meaningful relationships with industry professionals for important career opportunities.

Stern PE & VC Club in numbers:
12 Years of Community
12 Annual Conferences
425 Current Members
1,300 Alumni

We work closely with the administration and the Career Management office to develop initiatives within the School and to promote Stern as a recruiting destination within the industry.

Why join Stern PE & VC Club?

  • To gain a comprehensive understanding of the industry ranging from leveraged buyouts, growth capital, middle-market and distressed investing

  • To secure attractive career opportunities for our membership through working with the office of career development (OCD) and direct job postings through the club

  • To gather tips on how to interview, network, build the perfect resume, and learn specifics about the companies you are pursuing

  • To network and work closely with second-year students, outstanding professors and influential alumni



Our Board Members

2019 | 2020


Ayla Jiang

Kyle Menz


Yun Zhang
VP, Finance

Marc Peng Ye
VP, Marketing & Communications

David Zareh
VP, Langone

Gracy Wang
VP, Sponsorships


Brett Goldberg
VP, Alumni Relations

Michael Averbook
VP, External Relations

Chris Ferzli
Lei Gong
Matt Kahn
Michael Maniaci
Joe Solimini

VPs, Conference

Sophia Valner
VP, Mentorship


Virgilio Contucci
VP, Treks - PE

Rahul Gupta
VP, Knowledge Management - PE

Vismayie Vandanapu
VP, Competition - PE

Xuezhu Li, Suhan Li
VPs, Treks - VC

Amy Ho
VP, Knowledge Management - VC

 Stephen Roland
VP, Competition - VC


Faculty Advisor

Gustavo Schwed| Clinical Professor of Finance

Gustavo Schwed joined NYU-Stern as an Adjunct Professor in 2013 and became a Clinical Professor in 2015. He teaches Private Equity Finance to MBA students. Professor Schwed had a twenty-five year career in the private equity industry, which included work at venture capital and large buy-out firms. During this time, he lived in and practiced private equity in the US, Europe, and Latin America.

Prior to joining Stern, Professor Schwed was a partner and Managing Director at Providence Equity Partners, the world’s largest media and telecommunications specialist private equity firm, with over $40 billion of assets under management. Working in the London office, he was one of the partners responsible for the firm’s European business. Professor Schwed participated in the fund raising of Providence VI, a $12 billion fund which was the largest industry specialized private equity fund ever raised. At Providence Professor Schwed led several transactions in the telecommunications industry, including the largest LBO in European history at the time and some of the firm’s most successful deals in recent years. Professor Schwed was a member of the firm’s Valuation Committee and Portfolio Committee, which was responsible for the oversight of the firm’s portfolio of over fifty companies.

Prior to joining Providence, Professor Schwed was a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Private Equity, where he launched and ran the firm’s Latin American private equity business out of the firm’s Sao Paulo office and became the Chairman of the firm’s Global Emerging Markets Fund, Morgan Stanley’s vehicle for private equity investing in Latin America, Asia, and Central Europe. He subsequently moved to London where he became one of three partners running Morgan Stanley’s European private equity business. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Professor Schwed was an Executive Director at Bassini, Playfair + Associates (BPA). He helped BPA raise and manage a $300 million Latin America private equity fund, one of the first of its kind. While at BPA, Professor Schwed moved to Brazil where he opened and co-ran the firm’s Brazilian office. He began his post MBA career at the New York office of Sprout Group, the venture capital affiliate of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) where he developed the firm’s practice in medical devices venture investing.

Professor Schwed was named NYU Stern’s Professor of the Year by the 2015 MBA graduating class.

Professor Schwed currently serves on the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, where he is Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Nominations and Governance and Investment Committees. As part of the Investment Committee, he is responsible for the oversight of the college’s $2 Billion endowment, focusing on the endowment’s investments in private equity and public equities.

Professor Schwed received a BA with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 1984 and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1988. He is a US, UK and Argentine citizen and speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.


Our corporate sponsors

The Stern Private Equity & Venture Capital Club is a committed group of more than 400 full-time and part-time students interested in exploring the world of private equity across a wide variety of investing subgroups from buyout, growth capital to real estate and venture capital. Sponsoring the Stern PE & VC Club is an excellent opportunity for your firm to introduce itself and to network with Stern students with a strong interest in the private equity and venture capital industry.

Our mission is to help Stern students gain a greater appreciation for the role of private equity in business by exposing them to the numerous and dynamic dimensions of the private equity industry. Stern PE & VC Club strives to be a comprehensive buy side resource, and a continual source of support for Stern students, with special attention given to those individuals who aspire to pursue careers in private equity.

Some of the benefits we provide to our sponsors include:

  • Dedicated relationship manager

  • Exposure during the annual Stern Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

  • Educational events such as Case Studies and speakers

If you are a corporate recruiter interested in learning more about Stern PE & VC Club sponsorship, please send us an email at spec@stern.nyu.edu.

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