Gennell Jefferson

Gennell Jefferson
Managing Director, State Street Global Advisors

Gennell is Managing Director, Business Development and Private Equity at State Street Global Advisors (“SSGA”) and a member of SSGA’s senior leadership team. She is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and monitoring private equity investments and supports the Global Fiduciary Solutions team for institutional client business development. As a private equity portfolio manager, Ms. Jefferson oversees $1.2 billion in commitments and sits on the Limited Partner Advisory Boards for several private equity firms making investments in the communications, education, financial services, healthcare, media and technology sectors. She also leads diversity and inclusion efforts with the firm’s women and minority investment partners.

Ms. Jefferson joined SSGA in 2016 through its acquisition of GE Asset Management (“GEAM”) where she served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development. In that role, she managed the firm’s minority & emerging manager program and private equity investments. Additionally, Gennell supported the office of the CEO for financial industry outreach, diversity recruiting and talent development. She was also the Operating Leader for GE’s African American Forum affinity network comprising 200 members in southwestern Connecticut.

Prior to joining GEAM in 2012, Gennell spent over 20 years in corporate and investment banking at several firms including Bank of America and Lehman Brothers. As a banker, she raised debt and equity capital in excess of $600 billion for Fortune 500 companies in the automotive, financial services, media, technology and telecom sectors. Gennell also has corporate treasury and product management experience. She began her career at Bank of New York, where she completed the bank’s credit training program with commendation and covered Wall Street investment banking firms.

Gennell earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS in engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. She serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Securities Professionals and A Better Chance, Inc. She is also a member of the Private Equity Women Investor Network, the Chicago Finance Exchange and the Service Club of Chicago. Gennell received The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award in 2015. She previously sat on the board of Gateway Charitable Foundation and held FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.