Advance Strategy

Advance Strategy Overview

Our Advance Strategy builds on the firm’s commitment to diversity in combination with our focus on finding the best possible risk-adjusted investment returns for our clients.

Track an active universe of approximately

1
Women and minority private equity funds

Track record of committing and investing since

2002
in women and minority private equity firms

Builds on our history of investing and committing 

$ 0 B
in Women and Minority Private Equity Firms


No assurance can be given that any investment will achieve its objectives or avoid losses. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Investment Strategy ​

As part of our commitment to funding and supporting diverse managers as part of our broad alternative investment activity, the Advance Strategy was established in 2019 to focus on investing with high quality, hard-to-access, and often overlooked private equity investment opportunities led by diverse managers with proven track records.

GCM Grosvenor has exceeded our June 2019 stated objective of committing an additional $2 billion to women and minority investment managers, more than a year ahead of schedule.

How We Invest

Primary Funds

Investments in manager's multi-client funds; such investments are also known as fund investments.

Co-Investments

Investments made directly into businesses or securities in partnership with a manager.

Secondary Transactions

Acquired interests in a primary fund after the fund has been at least partially deployed in underlying investments.

Select risks include: information risk, management risk, risks related to reliance on third parties, and risks related to the sale of investments.

Our Commitment to Women and
Diverse Managers

We invite you to watch the video to learn more about the Advance Strategy and our unique capabilities in providing access to world-class investments sponsored by women and minority owned firms. 

Why GCM Grosvenor for Diverse Manager Investing?

A Global Private Equity Leader


+ One of the largest independent alternative asset managers globally with approximately $67 billion in assets under management and approximately 165 investment professionals

+ A private equity industry leader having committed over $31 billion to over 1,030 private equity investments

A Leading Investor in Diverse Managers


+ Firm-wide, over $8.5 billion committed/invested since 2002 across more than 190 underlying investments

+ Over $5 billion of private equity commitments across approximately 160 underlying investments to diverse managers

A Large, Experienced Team


+ Deep, diverse team of investment professionals led by senior professionals who average 19 years of investment experience

+ The private equity diverse manager team supported by broader private equity investment team made up of approximately 50 professionals

Sourcing Advantages


+ Open door policy, and a reputation as being a must see LP

+ Track an active universe of approximately 600 funds sponsored by diverse private equity managers

+ Hold yearly bootcamps for new managers on how to raise new capital and education seminars for LPs

Many investors want to incorporate investments with diverse managers into their portfolios — but the implementation can present a variety of challenges. Our private equity diverse manager investment team outlines what it takes.

Deep, Diverse Team

GCM Grosvenor Advance Strategy Team

Francis Idehen 

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Chairman

22 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Derek Jones

Managing Director, Private Equity Investments

35 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Jason Howard

Managing Director, Equity Investments

22  YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Renae Griffin

Executive Director, Client Group

38 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Stephen Cammock

Executive Director, Private Equity Investments

12 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Jessica Holsey

Executive Director, Private Equity Investments

8 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Atara Charnoff

Principal, Private Equity Investments

7 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Charles Pippen

Associate, Real Estate Investments

11 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Sereena Tucker

Associate, Priate Equity Investments

5 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Our clients recognize the benefits of investing with small, emerging, and diverse managers. For the past 30+ years, we’ve funded and supported these managers as part of our broad investment activity across alternatives.  

Industry-Leading Events

GCM Grosvenor hosts two signature annual conferences focused on further raising the visibility of small, emerging, and diverse managers as well as creating a more inclusive industry.

18th annual
June 8+10, 2021
Virtual Conference  

15th annual
October 12+14, 2021
Virtual Conference  

 Incorporating ESG factors into our business has always been part of our core values.

Firm AUM data as of June 30, 2021.

Employee data as of July 1, 2021. 

Absolute return strategies diverse manager data as of July 1, 2021 includes investments by longer-duration credit programs managed by the Absolute Return Strategies team. Private equity and real assets diverse managers commitments as of March 31, 2021.

Overall private equity commitments as of March 31, 2021.

Diverse manager universe as of March 3, 2021.

No assurance can be given that any investment will achieve its objectives or avoid losses. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. Unless apparent from the context, all statements herein represent GCM Grosvenor’s opinion. The views expressed are for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a forecast, a guarantee of future results, investment recommendations, or an offer to buy or sell securities by GCM Grosvenor.

1.  For illustrative purposes and subject to change. Co-investments include co-investments, direct investments, and a potential allocation to secondary transactions.