Investment Team

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.

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.

Barclay Leib, CFE, CAIA, Senior Research Advisor

Barclay Leib joined the Cooper Family Office as Senior Research Advisor. He holds Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credentials, as well as a FINRA Series 65 license. Previously, under his Sand Spring Advisors LLC research-only consulting firm, Barclay acted as an outsourced alternative asset advisor to several family office and multi-family office groups, while also providing expert analysis of complex financial situations to the legal community. Barclay previously served as the Head of Alternative Research at Fortigent LLC (2013-2014), as Head Trader & Risk Manager for Glenrock Asset Management LLC (2007-2012), and ran fund of funds portfolios for family office and endowment and foundation clients (1999-2007). Barclay’s early career spanned senior derivatives trading positions at firms including JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, with such experience enhancing the depth of his due diligence expertise. A Wilson Scholar graduate of Princeton University, Barclay did research work into the regulatory aspects of the 1980 Hunt Silver Crisis which was subsequently used as Expert Analysis by US Congressional and Senate Sub-Committees. Barclay has contributed to several books, including Planning for the Affluent (2002) and Technical Analysis and Behavioral Finance in Fund Management (2009), and is the co-author of a CFA Level III chapter text on hedge funds, to be released in 2019. Barclay has contributed to financial publications including Institutional Investor, Plan Sponsor, and Derivatives Strategy.

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.

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

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.

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.

Raji Khabbaz, MBA

Raji Khabbaz joined the Cooper Family Office with 28 years of investment experience across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including leveraged buyouts, venture capital, long/short equity strategies, concentrated long-only equity strategies, and dedicated short selling products. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.B.A. from Harvard. 

Raji began his professional career as an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Morgan Stanley in 1990. In 1991, he joined Gleacher & Co. when Eric Gleacher left his position as head of mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley to form his own investment banking boutique. At Gleacher & Co.he worked on several large corporate restructurings and worked directly for the head of the leveraged buyout group. In 1993, he joined Harris & Harris Group, a publicly traded closed-end investment company, which specialized in early stage technology and biotechnology venture capital investing. Harris & Harris Group worked closely with Gleacher & Co. on co-investments opportunities. Upon graduating from business school in 1995, Mr. Khabbaz co-founded Highline Capital Management, LLC, a long/short equity hedge fund specializing in special situations and corporate restructurings and reorganizations. In 2002, he co-founded Pierce Street Capital, LLC, a long/short equity hedge fund which focused on low net exposure portfolio strategies. In 2006, he joined Ivory Investment Management, LLC, a long/short equity hedge fund company based in Los Angeles. After Ivory, he co-founded Silver Arrow Investment Management, LLC. in 2011 and served as senior portfolio manager from 2012 to 2019 where he developed and managed two core investment strategies, including a concentrated long-only equity product and a long/short equity fund.

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. 

Marianna Fazylova, CAIA, Investment Analyst

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.

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 a LMHC. Laura oversees day to day operations and procedures and works with the investment team, reviewing funds and opportunistic efforts.

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.

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.