Oliver co-founded Monogram in 2014. He is responsible for originating new investment opportunities, diligencing and structuring potential investments, and working alongside our partner companies. Additionally, Oliver helps oversee the strategy and management of the firm.
Prior to Monogram, Oliver was with Leonard Green & Partners, a leading private equity firm, where he focused on investing in and supporting consumer and retail companies, including Union Square Hospitality Group / Shake Shack, Savers, Activision Blizzard, Animal Health International, DSW, and 99 Cents Only Stores.
Previously Oliver was a generalist in the private equity practice of Bain Capital, a leading alternative asset management firm. He began his career at Bain & Company, where he assisted private equity firms with acquisition due diligence and advised corporate clients.
Oliver earned a B.A. in political science from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
JARED STEIN Co-Founder & Partner
Jared co-founded Monogram in 2014. He is responsible for originating new investment opportunities, diligence and structuring potential investments, and working alongside our partner companies. Additionally, Jared helps oversee the strategy and management of the firm.
Prior to Monogram, Jared was with Golden Gate Capital, a leading private equity firm, where he was a member of the firm’s consumer and retail team and led investments in and supported six market-leading retailers. Jared previously worked at Huntsman Gay Global Capital, a $1+ billion debut fund.
Prior to HGGC, Jared was a generalist in the private equity practice of Bain Capital, a leading alternative asset management firm. He began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, working in the firm’s consumer / retail and technology industry groups.
Jared earned a B.A. in economics from Duke University (summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
LUSA ZHOU Vice President
Lusa joined Monogram in 2016. She evaluates, executes, and supports investments across various consumer and retail verticals.
Prior to joining Monogram, Lusa was with The Carlyle Group, a leading global alternative asset manager, where she was a member of the private equity practice’s consumer and retail team and focused on investing in and supporting Beats Electronics, Acosta, NBTY, and Dunkin’ Brands.
She began her career in investment banking at Evercore as a generalist in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice.
Lusa earned a B.B.A. from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (with high distinction) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
JOSH MINNICK Associate
Josh joined Monogram in 2018. He evaluates, executes, and supports investments across various consumer and retail verticals.
Prior to joining Monogram, Josh was with Norwest Venture Partners, a leading venture capital and growth equity firm where he focused on the consumer sector. He began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs.
Josh earned a B.S. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
JACK FENTON Associate
Jack joined Monogram in 2018. He evaluates, executes, and supports investments across various consumer and retail verticals.
Prior to joining Monogram, Jack was a generalist in the private equity practice of Ares Management, a leading alternative asset management firm.
Jack earned a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude; Beta Gamma Sigma).
NATASHA BURKE Executive Coordinator
Natasha joined Monogram in 2019. She supports the team with corporate communications, scheduling, event planning, and general office management.
Prior to joining Monogram, Natasha was an Assistant at Platinum Equity. Previously she was an Executive Assistant to the CEO of Colony Capital. Natasha began her career at The Honest Company.
Natasha earned a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.
MICHAEL ALLEN Operating Advisor
Michael joined Monogram in 2018. He advises Monogram on food and beverage brands and takes an active role with portfolio companies in those sectors.
Michael is a 20-year veteran in the food industry, holding senior executive roles in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He spent 17 years with the Kellogg Company, progressing through various Marketing and Innovation leadership roles.
A member of the Global Leadership Team, Michael was President, Kellogg’s Frozen Foods, which has such iconic brands as Eggo, Morningstar Farms, Gardenburger, and Kashi. He then became President of Morning Foods, with responsibilities for the U.S. Cereal, Pop-Tarts, and Kashi businesses.
Most recently, Michael served as President, Boulder Brands, following the acquisition by Pinnacle Foods. With a passion for food, health, and wellness, Michael currently runs his own advisory firm, Georgian Group LLC.
TIFFANY BENSLEY Operating Advisor
Tiffany joined Monogram in 2017. She advises Monogram on beauty, personal care, and luxury brands and takes an active role with portfolio companies in those sectors.
Tiffany embarked on a career in business development as a founding team member with the notable fashion line The Row. As director of operations, and vice president of PR, marketing and brand management, TIffany’s sophisticated touch propelled the Company’s growth into a global luxury brand. She parlayed her tenure at The Row into becoming a Brand President and Co-Founder of the beauty platform Violet Grey, where she was dedicated to constructing a blueprint that led to the Company’s rise within the industry. Tiffany’s luxury consumer-focused expertise and predilection for exceptional brand management is what continues to make her a valuable and integral force in a company’s growth strategy.
Tiffany earned a B.A. in Politics from New York University.
CHRISTINA HAN Operating Advisor
Christina joined Monogram in 2017. She advises Monogram on beauty, personal care, and luxury brands and takes an active role with portfolio companies in those sectors.
Christina is an established beauty industry expert with over a decade’s worth of experience. Her editorial career spans across Vogue, W Magazine, and New York Magazine’s The Cut, where she was recruited to helm the site’s first ever beauty section for the blog’s highly publicized relaunch in 2012. Her well-tracked career in beauty editorial eventually positioned her on the founding team for Violet Grey, a beauty-focused content and commerce company in Los Angeles. There, she oversaw content strategy and was dedicated to identifying the best in beauty – from products to experts – for the luxury beauty platform.
Today, Christina continues to nurture her industry relationships and widen her knowledge of products and brands in the ever-changing beauty landscape, while still exercising her knack for brand marketing, content creation, and beauty product ideation / development.
Christina earned a B.A. in Journalism from New York University.
GREG WILLSEY Operating Advisor
Greg joined Monogram in 2015. Greg takes a hands-on role with partner companies in the food and beverage sector, collaborating with management teams to define and execute strategy and scale their businesses. In addition to his role at Monogram, Greg is also the Founder & CEO of Venice Brands.
Prior to joining Monogram, Greg was CFO and eventual COO at POM Wonderful where responsibilities included setting strategy and budgets, establishing pricing and trade, managing the sales team, creating KPIs, financial reports, and incentive plans, and leading a multi-year, cross-functional initiative to transform POM’s profitability.
Prior to POM, Greg led screening and diligence of potential acquisitions and select portfolio company initiatives at The Wonderful Company. Previously, he was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, where he focused on improving well-known consumer brands.
Greg earned a B.A. from the Calloway School of Business at Wake Forest University (summa cum laude), a J.D. from Harvard Law School (with distinction), and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (with distinction).