Mr. Penna is a CFA Charterholder with more than 20 years of finance experience. Mr. Penna earned his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with an A.B. in Economics. As a Managing Partner at Emerald Creek Capital, Mr. Penna focuses on risk management, banking and client relations. He serves as Co–Chairman of the firm’s investment committee.
Prior to launching Emerald Creek in 2009, Mr. Penna spent eight years at Neuberger Berman, where he worked on a portfolio management team with both institutional and high net worth clients. In this role, Mr. Penna designed and implemented a variety of investment strategies including both credit and real estate investments. He began his career at a boutique asset management firm founded by former Goldman Sachs executives that focused on opportunistic equity and debt transactions.
Mr. Penna has worked with institutional endowments, foundations and family offices, advising them on fixed income opportunities that are appropriate for their respective risk tolerance. Mr. Penna has extensive experience in such key aspects of financial risk management as market, credit and operational risks, as well as risk based capital and performance measurement practices. In total, Mr. Penna has advised clients on well over $1 billion worth of investment opportunities and has been a guest commentator on CNBC’s “The Strategy Session”.