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

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Women and minority private equity funds

Track record of committing and investing since

in women and minority private equity firms
Assets under management

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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.


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 $71 billion in assets under management and approximately 165 investment professionals

+ A private equity industry leader having committed ~$34 billion to over 1,105 private equity investments

A Leading Investor in Diverse Managers

+ Firm-wide, ~$12 billion in AUM since 2002 across nearly 240 underlying investments

+ $7 billion in PE commitments and nearly 200 underlying investments to diverse managers

A Large, Experienced Team

+ Deep, diverse team of investment professionals led by senior professionals who average 17 years of investment experience

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

Sourcing Advantages

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

+ Track an active universe of 900+ 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

Renae Griffin

Managing Director, Client Group


Derek Jones

Managing Director, Private Equity Investments


Aris Hatch

Managing Director, Private Equity Investments


Jason Howard

Managing Director, Private Equity Investments


Stephen Cammock

Executive Director, Private Equity Investments


Charles Pippen

Principal, Real Estate Investments


Jessica Holsey

Executive Director, Private Equity Investments


Atara Charnoff

Principal, Private Equity Investments


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.

19th annual
June 14+15, 2022

16th annual
October 12-13, 2022

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

Firm AUM data as of June 30, 2022.

Employee data as of July 1, 2022. 

Absolute return strategies diverse manager data as of January 1, 2022. Includes investments by longer-duration credit programs managed by the Absolute Return Strategies team. Real assets diverse managers commitments as of March 31, 2021.

Overall private equity commitments as of December 31, 2021.

Diverse manager investment count as of September 30, 2021. 

Diverse manager universe as of January 13, 2022.

Diverse manager AUM as of March 31, 2022.

Private equity diverse manager AUM as of December 31, 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.