Investment Team

Ronen Schwartzman, MBA, Chief Investment Officer

Ronen Schwartzman joined the Cooper Family Office as Chief Investment Officer with 20 years of investment and capital markets experience. He started his career as an equity analyst with Oppenheimer where he covered small cap technology stocks. After receiving his MBA from the Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania, Ronen joined Bear Stearns, where he managed equity and fixed income portfolios for individuals and corporations, and also advised institutional investors on various capital markets investments. Ronen specialized in investing in alternative assets such as hedge funds, private credit, private equity, and real estate. A former Special Operations Intelligence Officer in the Israeli Air Force, Ronen is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew. Ronen is often quoted in The Economist, Reuters and Bloomberg News. A guest lecturer at The Wharton School and NYU Stern School of Business and a frequent speaker at industry conferences, Ronen is a noted thought leader in the hedge fund and family office communities.

Skip Cooper, Managing Director

Skip Cooper is a first-generation member of the Cooper Family Office. Skip oversees risk management, portfolio allocation and back office operations. In addition to the office’s US-based alternative investing, his primary focus for the family office is investment internationally: in private equity, hedge funds, real estate and direct opportunities. Mr. Cooper is an honors graduate of Princeton University.

Skip Cooper is a member of the NYU Stern Family Office Council and the Stanford University Global Projects Center Global Investor’s Forum. Skip speaks regularly at family office and investment conferences around the world, often addressing the topic of global investing for US family offices.

Howard Cohen, MBA

Howard Cohen joined the Cooper Family Office after 13 years at Lionstone Capital Management LLC, a multi-family office located in New York City. Most recently, he was Head of Research for Lionstone’s external hedge fund program. In this role, he was responsible for both investment and operational due diligence as well as being involved in portfolio allocation, construction and investment implementation across multiple investment portfolios. In addition to his front-office experience, over his time at Lionstone, Howard was involved in all aspects of its middle- and back-office and client related interactions and reporting. Prior to this, he spent five years as a partner at Crown World Services, LLC, a high net worth advisory firm specializing in the construction and placement of private placement life insurance and annuities solutions. Before joining Crown, he spent seven years as a Registered Investment Advisor in New York City. Howard completed an Executive MBA at Columbia University where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa with a double major in Accounting and Economics.

Courtney Birnbaum, MBA

Courtney joined the Cooper Family Office with over 15 years of investment experience. Most recently, she was at Turtle Creek, a single-family office, where she managed a portfolio of fund investments across asset classes, including Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Private Credit, and Long-only Fixed Income and Equities. Previously, Courtney was the Director of Marketable Investments for Bowdoin College’s $1.4bn endowment. Prior to Bowdoin, Courtney was a Vice President in the Alternative Investments and Manager Selection group (AIMS) at Goldman Sachs, a $26bn hedge fund of funds, where she was responsible for portfolio construction, manager selection and seeding within hedge funds from 2009 - 2016. Prior to Goldman, she worked at Sterling Stamos, a multi-family office, focused on asset allocation and hedge fund investments. Courtney started her career in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch and Rothschild. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Diane Mulcahy, MPP

Diane Mulcahy joined the Cooper Family Office with 20 years of investment experience. She is a private equity investor with experience managing a $500m portfolio of buyout, growth equity, and venture capital. At American Century Investments she built the strategy and operations of their $100m corporate venture capital fund from scratch and led investments in early to late-stage FinTech and technology startups. Previously, she was part of the healthcare team at Bessemer Venture Partners, investing Phipps family capital in early-stage healthcare and MedTech companies.

Diane worked in McKinsey’s corporate finance practice and has been an Adjunct Professor in the MBA program at Babson College for the past decade. She created and teaches the first MBA course on the Gig Economy, named by Forbes as one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Business School Classes in the country. She is also the author of The Gig Economy, a best-selling book which has been translated into five languages. Diane’s work has been featured in The Economist, the Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Diane holds Master in Public Policy (M.P.P.) and Bachelor (A.B.) degrees from Harvard University.

Ed Hannon, CFA

Ed Hannon joined the Cooper Family Office with a wealth of experience as an investment practitioner and alternative investments professional. He applied these skills as Head of Hedge Fund Investment Due Diligence, Manager Selection, and Operational Due Diligence at Stamos Capital Partners, where he was a Partner and a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to his experience at Stamos Capital Partners, Ed led risk management for the Royal Bank of Canada’s Alternative Assets Group, and headed investment due diligence at Merrill Lynch’s $20 billion hedge fund platform.

Ed began his career as a fixed income portfolio manager at Nomura Securities, Tokyo, where he specialized in esoteric instruments, and oversaw a $3.7 billion asset-backed fund of funds portfolio. Ed has evaluated the investment strategy, operational, and compliance programs of myriad hedge funds. He has an in-depth understanding of manager and operational strengths and weaknesses. Ed received his B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Roxanna Namavar, DO, Senior Medical Therapies and Biotechnology Venture Advisor

Roxanna Namavar, DO, joined the Cooper Family Office as a physician and Board-Certified psychiatrist, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Anti-Aging. She completed her residency at the University of Virginia Health-System. In her New York practice, Dr. Namavar was dedicated to cutting-edge medical therapies focused on the intersection of functional medicine, cellular regeneration and anti-aging to promote longevity. Dr. Namavar oversees due diligence in companies specializing in novel, scientifically-backed processes and devices., She is active in portfolio investments in healthcare, biotechnology hedge funds, and private equity. Dr Namavar focuses on evaluating early and latter-stage companies and venture capital in the healthcare arena on behalf of the family office. 

William Woods, MD. Healthcare and Biotechnology Advisor

William Woods joined the Cooper Family Office with over 28 years’ experience as a leading board-certified radiation oncologist, as well as that of a seasoned individual investor. Educated at Princeton University (honors), Columbia University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he brings his extensive medical expertise to explore oncologic and other cutting-edge biomedical investment opportunities. Dr. Woods is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Discovery Council. He oversees investments in healthcare, biotechnology, medical technology and medical devices for the team.

Rajeev Shah, MBA

Rajeev Shah joined the Cooper Family Office with over 15 years of investment experience. He is a fundamental investor who has experience investing in publicly traded securities, private equity, and manager selection. He has invested across the capital structure (high yield, converts, and equity) and across different investment strategies (private equity, thematic long/short, short-bias, and event-oriented). Most recently, he was at PAAMCO Prisma, a $30 bn AUM fund of funds where he helped manage a portfolio of direct and co-investment securities and lead allocations to event driven hedge funds. He previously worked at Paulson & Co, Soundpost Partners, Tremblant Capital, MSD Capital (the family office of Michael Dell), and General Atlantic. He started his career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Co. He has a bachelor's degree in engineering and a bachelor's degree from Wharton (as a graduate of the Management & Technology Program) at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard.

Heather Williamson, MBA, CFA

Heather Williamson joined the Cooper Family Office with significant experience in large and complex investment programs. She has held leadership roles overseeing investment functions such as policy development, governance structures, risk management, portfolio construction, manager due diligence, operations management, and corporate social responsibilities efforts across all global asset categories. Heather has worked as an institutional consultant and managed global investment programs for pensions, private foundations, and large multi-generational family offices. Most recently, she was the Chief Investment Officer for Waycrosse (the Cargill and MacMillan families) and Central Financial Services (the Morrison Family). Ms. Williamson earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation

John Repetti, CPA

John Repetti joined the Cooper Family Office as a CPA in New York and Florida. John is a founder and board member of Gold Coast Bank and serves or has served as an advisor or board member of numerous commercial and not for profit organizations, and he serves as an advisor to several venture capital firms. He was the founder and CEO of MGI Repetti, a regional CPA firm. John is a member of the advisory board for the Alliant Group, the premier specialty tax service provider in the US. He is the former Worldwide Chairman of MGI World, an international network of 280 accounting firms in over 80 countries around the globe. He is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs and has chaired committees for the profession. Mr. Repetti received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fordham University and is a member of the Fordham University Athletic Hall of Fame. John is a life-long student of the martial arts, and is a third degree black belt instructor with American Nihon Jiu-Jitsu.

Eric Dansky, MBA, Investment Analyst- Alternative Funds

Eric Dansky joined the Cooper Family Office as an analyst for alternative investments. He began his professional career as a Marketing Coordinator for Watsco, where he was responsible for managing the corporation’s dealer cooperative advertising and consumer rebate programs for over 1,000 clients throughout the United States. Following his tenure at Watsco, he became the Assistant Director for AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) in Palm Beach, FL. As the Assistant Director, he helped managed their annual fundraising budget and was responsible for planning, coordinating and executing fundraising programs to achieve the team's annual campaign goals. After his time with AIPAC, Eric joined Israel Bonds as a Registered Representative, where he was responsible for raising capital from retail investors who were located in Palm Beach County. Eric is a member of the New York University Stern School of Business Family Office Council and the Stanford University Global Projects Center Family Office Forum. Eric holds an MBA and a BA in Finance with honors from Florida Atlantic University and holds Series 63, 65 and 7 licenses. During his tenure at Florida Atlantic University, Eric was a Division 1 NCAA Scholarship Athlete as a member of the Cross Country team.

Marianna Fazylova, CAIA, Investment Analyst, Emeritus

Marianna Fazylova joined the Cooper Family Office as an Investment Analyst. She holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and is currently a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) candidate (level II). Her prior position was with Jacobson & Co, an investment office of the Jacobson family, with interests in real estate, oil & gas, farmland, hedge funds and other alternative investments, Marianna oversaw private market investments for their family office. Previously Marianna worked for Rosemont Capital, a private investment firm of the Heinz Family. She was involved in a variety of responsibilities relating to transaction due diligence, deal execution and monitoring of investments and portfolio. Before joining Rosemont, Marianna was an Analyst with Equiventure Capital, a family-run investment advisory firm, focusing on venture capital and special situations. Marianna began her career at the United Nations Headquarters, where she conducted research and analyses and wrote reports on a wide range of economic and social issues at the Department of Social and Economic Affairs (DESA). Marianna is a former professional chess and soccer player. She holds an MA from New York University (NYU) and a BBA with Honors from Pace University.

Mackinley Ross, Portfolio Management, Analyst

Mackinley Ross joined the Cooper Family Office as part of a separate team which oversees the office's equities portfolio. He assists with sector allocation, risk management, and in assessing the impact of geopolitical events on the US equities market. In addition, he analyzes public equities and liquid alternative investments, including hedge funds.  Mackinley received his B.A. in Markets and Cultures at Southern Methodist University. He formerly worked at RBRA Capital, LLC. a boutique multi-family office where he analyzed the interplay between geopolitics and financial markets. Mac has worked with Carlson Capital and Mesirow Financial, and has worked on Senatorial and Presidential campaigns.

Laura Cooper, MS, LMHC- Operations

A second generation member of the Cooper family, Laura serves as the operations officer for funds and real estate. She joined the Cooper Family Office following a career in clinical psychology. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from the University of Central Florida and is an LMHC. Laura oversees day to day operations and procedures and works with the investment team, reviewing funds and opportunistic efforts.

David Kestin, Venture/ESG Investments

David Kestin joined the Cooper Family Office as an investment analyst, specializing in venture and private equity.  He is a member of the New York University Stern School of Business Family Office Council and the Stanford University Global Projects Center Family Office Forum. David studied Finance and Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. Prior to joining the team, he founded a consulting company advising businesses on credit strategies. David’s primary focus is on impact ESG investing.

Alex Williamson, Agriculture/Private Equity Analyst

Alex Williamson joined the Cooper Family Office as an analyst for private equity and venture capital funds. Alex studied agricultural businesses with an emphasis on financial analytics and accounting at the University of Minnesota.  Previously a manufacturing associate at Gemini Athletic Wear, Alex specializes in start-ups in manufacturing, farming, and agriculture as well as investments in natural resources. He is an active member of the Stanford University Global Projects Center Investor’s Forum and the NYU Stern School of Business Family Office Council.

Tara Jordan, Investment Analyst- Venture

Tara Jordan joined the Cooper Family Office as an analyst reviewing venture, start-ups and individual emerging companies. Tara earned her BS in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of South Florida. She is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Discovery Council, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Global Investor’s Forum and the NYU Stern School of Business Family Office Council. Tara is also instrumental in the family’s philanthropic endeavor of supporting music and art education among underprivileged students in Florida.

Michelle Dansky, Investment Analyst- Equities

Michelle Dansky joined the Cooper Family Office as an analyst in the alternative markets, specifically hedge and private equity funds. She received her B.A. in Education from Florida Atlantic University. Michelle is a participant in the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Global Investor’s Forum and a member of the Johns Hopkins University Discovery Council. With her background as an educator, Michelle is actively involved in the family’s philanthropic endeavors, supporting music and art education among underprivileged students in Florida.

Howard Cooper

Howard Cooper began his career trading public equities for his own account, becoming a full-time trader in the 1980s. In 2006 Mr. Cooper established a single-family office to manage his family assets, which were derived from his stock trading. His SFO has since then transitioned to global investing, primarily in alternative investments, including hedge and private equity funds as well as direct investments in operating companies. Mr. Cooper is an honors graduate of Princeton University and has guest lectured at Princeton, Yale and Brown Universities.

Howard Cooper was Chairman of the Board on Family Offices, Endowments and Foundations at Princeton University, Chairman of the Yale School of Management College of Family Offices and chairs the Family Office Council at the NYU Stern School of Business. He is involved in the Genome Project at Harvard Medical School and was Chairman of the advisory board on Osteoarthritis and Orthopedics at Duke University Medical School and has been an advisor to the Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences and was Chairman of the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery Advisory Board and the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Health Symposium. Howard Cooper is Chairman of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Global Investor’s Forum, past-Chairman of the Investment Committee of Florida Atlantic University, was Chairman of the University of Florida Department of Astronomy Advisory Council, co-Chair of the Johns Hopkins University Discovery Council and co-Chair of the Johns Hopkins University Departments of Physics and Astronomy Advisory Board. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Princeton University Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering and a member of the Board of Directors of Florida Atlantic University. Howard Cooper has been Chairman of the Duke University School of Medicine Family Office Leadership Board. He is an advisor to several university academic advisory councils and a member of the 14-10 Investment Fellowship of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Mr. Cooper is devoted to his favorite philanthropic endeavor of supporting music and art education among underprivileged students.