Private Equity Initiative

The purpose of the Private Directors Association® (PDA) Private Equity Initiative is to lead and to support the evolution of board governance best practices in private equity firms, their portfolio companies and in their investor-partner organizations.

In particular, we are interested in encouraging a greater emphasis on governance excellence procedures and on diversity (in age, gender, ethnicity, skills, experiences) on the boards of PE portfolio companies. As part of that effort, the PDA envisions a greater representation of non-investor “independent” directors on boards of those firms.

The PDA has established a Private Equity Initiative Leadership Team consisting of a Strategic Council and an Oversight Board to ensure timely and relevant thought leadership in this area. Below are the teams overseeing and advancing this effort. For further information, contact the PDA administrator at



Marc Sullivan
Managing Director, Phoenix Management Services
National Board of Directors, Private Directors Association


Hogan Rob Hogan
Managing Director, Shorehill Capital LLC
Former Principal, CHS Capital LLC
Robbie Robbie Allen
Fellow, Slalom
Former CEO and current Director, Envision Orthopedics, Atlanta 
Meister Diane M. Meister
Chief Strategy and
Development Officer,

Private Directors Association

Strategic Council 

Rodrigo_Garcia_1 Rodrigo Garcia
Deputy State Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer,
Illinois State Treasury 

Oversight Board

Brown Jeff Brown
Board Chair, CFM Partners
Managing Partner, Political Economy LLC
Former Partner, Capital Group
Private Investor
Goldstein Bruce Goldstein
Managing Director and Restructuring Advisor, Amherst Partners
Founder, VP and Treasurer, Private Directors Association  
Kamerick Eileen Kamerick
Board Member, Legg Mason Closed End Mutual Funds (NYSE) and Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE) 
National Board of Directors, Private Directors Association 
Keith Jeffery Keith 
Operating Partner, Avathon Capital
Senior Operating Partner, Sterling Partners 
Member of 8 Private Company Boards
Marcela_(2) Paul Marcela
President, Governance Partners Group LLC
VP and Corporate Secretary, Private Directors Association
McNitt Bill McNitt
Principal, Thurston Group
Founding Member, Private Directors Association
Radman Ivan Radman
President, Radman Company
LXT_photo Lawrence Taylor
President, Taylor Strategy Group
Board Member, Barrie House Coffee
Board Member, CLP Holdings III, LLC
NACD Board Leadership Fellow 
Verstraete Roy Verstraete
Retired CEO, Anchor Danly
National Board of Directors, Private Directors Association 
Board/Advisory Director, Private Corporations in US, UK, and Germany
Waryjas Maryann Waryjas
Former SVP and Advisor to the CEO, Herc Holdings Inc. (NYSE)
Former Board Member, Chicago Stock Exchange
Former Board Member and Capital Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP