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Jonathan Lavine is Co-Managing Partner at Bain Capital and Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital Credit. Formerly known as Sankaty Advisors, he founded Bain Capital Credit in 1997 as the credit affiliate of Bain Capital. The firm has over 230 employees in offices worldwide.
For decades, Jonathan and his wife Jeannie have provided consistent support to Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and in recent years increased focused on their investment in Israel, and in the Jewish future. Jonathan says that his experience on a CJP mission to Israel in 2012 opened his eyes "to the diverse fabric of CJP's work, and how we can pursue our desire for social change and express our Jewish identity."
The Lavines contributions to CJP's programs, Onward Israel Boston and Alternative Spring Break, allow for the increased effort to intensify the connection Jewish young adults' have with Israel. The Lavines supported an expansion of Onward Israel Boston in 2013, helping 70 students from Boston spend the summer in Israel.
The Lavines proudly support a number of other Jewish organizations including Brandeis University, the American World Jewish Service and the Anti-Defamation League. In 2012, the ADL commemorated their 100th year by honoring Jonathan Lavine with their Distinguished Community Service Award, their highest honor in New England. The award celebrated his civic leadership and his service to improve communities. Jonathan also serves on the boards of, Opportunity Nation, Horizons for Homeless Children and is part of the Leadership Circle for Be The Change, Inc. In 2015, Jonathan was recognized as a Champion of National Service at the 12th annual Friends of National Service Awards, an event hosted by Voices for National Service. In 2016, the Lavine's donated $1 million to the Equal Justice Initiative.