Ralph L. Schlosstein

Ralph L. Schlosstein, 1972

B.A., Denison University
M.P.P., University of Pittsburgh

Investment Banking Executive, Denison Trustee Fellow

New York, N.Y.

Ralph Schlosstein has been a notable figure in the field of investment banking for more than four decades. He is chairman emeritus of Evercore, a leading global independent investment bank in New York City. At Evercore, he served as co-chairman of the Board of Directors,  president, and CEO.

Ralph graduated cum laude from Denison with a B.A. in economics in 1972. After graduation, he earned his Master of Public Policy degree at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs in 1974. Ralph’s interest in policy and economics led him to a job with the federal government, where he worked as a staff economist for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, as associate director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff, and as a deputy assistant secretary of urban finance for the U.S. Treasury Department from 1974 to 1981.

After working on urban affairs, housing issues, and economic policy, Ralph began his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers in 1981, serving as managing director of investment banking and capital markets from 1984 to 1988.

In 1988, Ralph co-founded BlackRock, a global asset management firm. He led the corporation in various capacities, including as president, managing director, and chairman of BlackRock Provident Institutional Funds; president and director of BlackRock Advisors, LLC; president and chairman of BlackRock Liquidity Funds; and president of BlackRock Target Term Trust.

Prior to joining Evercore, Ralph was the CEO of HighView Investment Group, an alternative investment management firm.

Along with investment banking, Ralph also is committed to community service and giving back. He serves as a trustee for several organizations such as the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation, the Dean’s Board of Visitors, Medical School at the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Foundation Advisory Council, the Trinity School in New York City, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Public Theater in New York City.

Additionally, Ralph is a member of the Visiting Board of Overseers of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Financial Institutions Center Board at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Hamilton Project.

Ralph and his wife are passionate about access to higher education and help students from New York City public schools afford educational opportunities at colleges such as Vanderbilt, Dartmouth, and the University of Pennsylvania through scholarships and their involvement with New Visions for Public Education, a nonprofit organization that helps students in New York access higher education.

Throughout his long and illustrious career, Ralph has given back to his alma mater. At Denison, he served as a university trustee from 1996 to 1999, a campaign volunteer from 1991 to 1994, a Higher Ground Campaign Feasibility Study participant, and a career advisor. Ralph also established the Ralph L. Schlosstein and Jane Hartley Endowed Scholarship and is a major gift donor.

Ralph and his wife, Jane, reside in New York City.