Gerry has significant experience in the fields of investment banking, private equity and venture capital with a special focus on socially responsible investing. Gerry spent over a decade as a senior investment banker, providing strategic advice and raising capital for a range of clients operating in industries such as media and telecommunications, technology, manufacturing and retail. From 2000 to 2006, Gerry was a senior partner at a private equity firm which pursued a strategy of supporting and partnering with organized labor to invest in U.S. based manufacturing companies. Beginning in 2006, Gerry organized and raised capital for creation of renewable and sustainable energy companies in the U.S. and Brazil and also managed a private equity fund with the mandate of investing in growth companies controlled by women and minority owners. More recently, Gerry has been involved as an investor, board member and advisor to a range of early-stage and start-up companies.
Gerry has served on the boards of several private and public companies, including: Trimas, Inc., Springs Industries, Inc., Springs/Coteminas SA Brazil, GMTI Inc., Collins and Aikman, Inc., Brenco, SA Brazil(Brazilian Renewable Energy Corp.), Cilion, Inc, AFA Foods, Inc., The Aspire Network, Inc., The Amalgamated Bank, Inc, YMF Media, Inc. and Soul Train Media, Inc. He also served as the founding Chairman of the Board of NYZCCC and served as Treasurer of the Board at NYZCCC from 2009–2014. He has been a meditator and student of Buddhism for over 15 years.