Yale University

Joshua Bekenstein, University leadership.

Joshua Bekenstein ’80 B.A.
Wayland, Massachusetts

Josh Bekenstein is a managing director of Bain Capital and has many years of experience both as a senior executive of a large investment firm and as a director of companies in various business sectors. Mr. Bekenstein graduated from Yale in 1980 and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1984. He helped found Bain Capital in 1984, which has grown from inception to a private alternative asset management firm with over 900 employees in ten offices in seven countries around the world. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Bekenstein spent several years doing strategic consulting at Bain & Company.

He currently serves on the Board of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products), Dollarama, Gymboree Corporation, and Michaels Stores.

Philanthropically, Mr. Bekenstein chairs the board of The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, is chairman of the board of directors of New Profit Inc., a Boston–based venture philanthropy fund, and is a National Board Member of City Year, an organization whose primary focus is fighting the national dropout crisis and developing young leaders of the next generation through citizen service, civic leadership, and social entrepreneurship. Prior to being named a Successor Trustee in 2013, Mr. Bekenstein served on the Yale Investment Committee and the School of Management Board of Advisors. He also served as an at–large member of the University Council, the co–chair of the Yale Tomorrow Campaign and a member of the Yale Development Council.