VEC Leadership Team

33144ed 150x150 VEC Leadership TeamMICHAEL BERNSTEIN

Michael is Head of Investor Relations for Axar Capital, a value-oriented investment manager focused on event-driven and special situation investments across the capital structure.

Previously Michael led the North American business development activities of Lyxor, the asset management subsidiary of Societe Generale. He also spent five years at FRM Americas in a variety of senior business development roles and another eight years in marketing and strategy consulting for major asset management and financial services firms. He graduated from Swarthmore College with Distinction, holds CFA and CAIA charters, and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. Michael lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He is a long-time supporter of organizations dedicated to improving financial literacy among young people.

“I support the CEE because I believe the most effective way to improve financial literacy among young people is to teach it in the classroom. For over 60 years, CEE has been uniquely dedicated to helping teachers incorporate economics and personal finance into their lesson plans. It has been a pleasure introducing my network to the organization and the people I have met through CEE have enriched me in innumerable ways.”

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Stephanie Gisriel is a National Account Manager and Investment Specialist Manager at Baron Capital. Stephanie joined Baron in 2011 as an investment specialist. From 2009 to 2011, Stephanie worked at Fidelity Capital Markets as a business analyst. Stephanie graduated from Trinity College with a B.A. in Economics in 2009.


Lisa Schirf VEC Leadership TeamLISA SCHIRF

Lisa Schirf is an entrepreneur and early stage investor with TechU Angels, a seed investment firm founded by entrepreneurs with roots at MIT. She is the former COO of FFTW, an asset manager with $50bn+ assets under management, and the former COO/Co-Founder of Malbec Partners, a hedge fund seeding platform sponsored by BNP Paribas. Prior to these roles she worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and was a Portfolio Manager at CDC Capital.

Ms. Schirf currently serves as a member of the MIT Sloan Alumni Board and the MIT Sloan Club of New York Board. She holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS in Management from Villanova University.

“I helped found the CEE’s Young Executive Council in 2013 to encourage the next generation of leaders to get involved with this impactful organization. I believe that understanding financial concepts is crucial for everyone, in particular so that this country has financially literate consumers and voters. I chose to support the CEE because it focuses on developing curriculum and training teachers, a model which is flexible, highly effective and leveragable.”

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Manish founded and manages an alternative asset firm with a focus on opportunistic debt and real estate, and is a sponsor of an investment management advisor. He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, and graduated with honors and distinction in two majors from Yale University.

“I was introduced to CEE by a friend and once I learned about CEE’s mission, I decided to get involved and to help attract others to be involved. Getting students to learn economics education and financial literacy needs to start at the beginning of their education and CEE is doing that by teaching the educators who, in turn, reach and teach millions of students nationwide. These students can then grow up to be capable of making smart financial decisions, like balancing a checkbook or getting the right mortgage.”

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