About Brett Messing

Brett Messing has served, since January 2011, as Senior Advisor to the C40 Clinton Climate Initiative. Headed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Bill Clinton, C40 spearheads global, city-focused efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the utilization of clean energy sources and efficient technologies. Messing has played an important role in merging the Clinton Climate Initiative and C40 Cities into a well-functioning, integrated organization. His duties also include operational oversight and the development of new financing structures.

From January 2010 to January 2011, Brett Messing served as Senior Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In this capacity, Brett Messing offered counsel on improving economic growth through tax incentives, implementing a local preference policy for city procurement, and leveraging city assets for business development efforts. Messing also provided oversight of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Port of Los Angeles. Key achievements included negotiating a deal with a Berkshire Hathaway portfolio company, BYD- a Chinese electric car manufacturer, which resulted in the company establishing its U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles.

Messing also played a critical role in establishing a new business tax holiday and the adoption of a tax relief measure aimed at Internet companies. Joining Goldman Sachs in Los Angeles in 1990, Brett Messing served as Vice President and Co-Head of the Restricted Stock Group. He also led a team that managed over $2 billion in assets for worldwide clients. From 1999 to 2001, Brett Messing leveraged his investment management experience as Partner with Oscar Capital Management. Oscar Capital, founded by two Goldman Sachs alumni, managed over $900 million in hedge funds and separate accounts.

With assistance from Oscar Capital’s investment banker, Merrill Lynch, Messing played a key role in the sale of the firm to Neuberger Berman. From 2001 to 2005, Brett Messing served as Managing Partner at Lehman Brothers and Neuberger Berman where he had portfolio management and new business development responsibilities. Brett Messing launched his own investment management firm, GPS Partners, in 2005, which quickly gaining recognition as one of the fastest-growing hedge funds in the United States with over $2 billion in assets under management. The GPS Partners’ Advisory Board featured prominent members of the community, such as Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson and William Gruver, a Professor at Bucknell University and former Partner at Goldman Sachs.

GPS Partners redeemed its investors in September 2009. A 1986 Political Science graduate of Brown University, Brett Messing graduated from Harvard Law School in 1989. He maintains close ties with Harvard Law School as a Terence M. Considine Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Law, Economics, and Business. In addition, Brett Messing serves on the Advisory Board for the Public Service Venture Fund at the law school. Brett Messing maintains affiliations with numerous professional organizations such as the Pacific Council on International Policy and the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. Brett Messing enjoys skiing, tennis, and golf in his free time, and he has successfully completed the New York City and Boston Marathons.


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