About

Kelly Williams

Senior Advisor

Kelly is a Senior Advisor to GCM Grosvenor with a focus on diversity and corporate social responsibility. Kelly joined GCM Grosvenor in 2014 and served as President of GCM Grosvenor Private Markets until June of 2015, where she was a member of its Management Committee and also a member of its Investment Committee. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Kelly was a Managing Director and the Group Head of the Customized Fund Investment Group of Credit Suisse Group AG from 2000 to 2014. Kelly joined Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (acquired by Credit Suisse in 2000) as a Director of the Customized Fund Investment Group. She was with The Prudential Insurance Company of America from 1993 to 2000. She was an Executive Director with Prudential’s private equity group, where she was a founder of the Customized Fund Investment Group in 1999. Prior to joining Prudential, Kelly was an associate with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where she specialized in global project finance.

She graduated magna cum laude from Union College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mathematics and received her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 1989. Kelly was appointed in 2015 to the Board of Directors of The Greenbrier Companies (GBX). Kelly has served as a mentor to fellows of the Robert Toigo Foundation since 2006 and was the 2010 recipient of its Leading by Example award and joined its board in 2011. She was elected to the YWCA Academy of Women Leaders in 2007 and is the founding board chair of the Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN). In addition, she is chair of the LP Advisory Board for the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Program and received the SEO Leadership Award in 2013. She also serves on the advisory board of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM) and is the 2013 AAAIM Trailblazer Award Recipient. Kelly is a member of the Metro Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, Senior Advisor to the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and a member of the Board of Trustees of Union College where she is a member of the Executive Committee, Investment Committee, Audit Committee and also chairs the Finance Committee. Kelly is a board member of the Nantucket Historical Association and Springboard Enterprises.

She is a member of the New York Bar. Kelly was recognized by the New York Chapter of the National Organization for Women in 2012 with its Women of Power and Influence Award. She was also named in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as one of The Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker Magazine.