Michael R. Eisenson

Vice Chair, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC

The cofounder of Charlesbank Capital Partners, Michael R. Eisenson has had an extensive career in private equity and real estate investment, and is deeply experienced in endowment management. Prior to founding Charlesbank in 1998, Eisenson served as president of Harvard Private Capital Group, the private investment branch of the Harvard Management Company. Before joining Harvard, he was with the Boston Consulting Group, an international strategy consulting firm.

Eisenson is a member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Executive Committee and is one of the founding members of Horizons for Homeless Children, which serves the needs of homeless children throughout the Boston area.

Eisenson, who holds a B.A. in economics from Williams College as well as J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Yale University, lives with his wife, Barbara, and their four children in Wayland, Massachusetts. All of their children are actively performing musicians and each has studied with Berklee faculty or alumni.

Eisenson's hobbies include skiing, traveling, and playing tennis with his family. He likes jazz, rock, and classical music, and includes Marcus Roberts, Michel Camilo, Oscar Peterson, and Diana Krall among his favorites.

When asked what excites him about his involvement with Berklee, Eisenson says: "Berklee seems to me to be an enormous resource, waiting to be fine-tuned. There are great opportunities, for example, to build on a terrific core student body and to attract increasingly exceptional talent, as well as great challenges such as the absence of an adequate physical plant. I would like to help Berklee realize the promise of an exceptional foundation and become an even more respected part of the Boston cultural infrastructure."