Investing In a Diverse Future


In January, Forbes magazine published an interview with Lisa Vazquez ’99, a portfolio manager focused on private equity and venture capital at Mass General Brigham Investment Office. Vazquez’s office oversees investment activity for the nonprofit health care system founded by two of the nation’s leading academic medical centers—Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General hospitals—and represents one of the largest pools of institutional capital in the Boston area.

In the article, Vazquez discussed, among other subjects, the importance of diversity, both gender and racial, in her field. “Unless you’ve grown up around investing, it’s hard to imagine how you’d know about an endowment’s investment office as a career path,” she noted. More than half of her investment team is female, she noted, and her firm works with the nonprofit Girls Who Invest to prepare a new, diverse generation of investors. “If we are serious about racial diversity,” she said, “then it’s important to focus on the pipeline of junior talent.”