Alan Zafran

Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, First Republic Investment Management

As Senior Managing Director of First Republic Investment Management, Alan has served as a financial adviser to wealthy families and institutional investors for the past 26 years. He began his career at Goldman Sachs in 1990 in the Private Client Group. After seven years at Goldman Sachs, Alan and his entire team joined Merrill Lynch in 1997. At Merrill Lynch, Alan helped to build the Private Banking and Investment Group. In 2008, Alan co-founded Luminous Capital, an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm. Luminous Capital had $5.9 billion of assets under management when it was acquired by First Republic Bank in December 2012.

Alan’s experiences include facilitating the execution of credit default swaps on subprime residential mortgage-backed securities (“CDS on RMBS trades”) in 2006 and 2007 before the market crashed as chronicled in the book, "The Greatest Trade Ever."

Alan serves on the Board of Directors of Venture Lending & Leasing VI, a public-filing Business Development Corporation. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Portola Valley School Foundation Endowment, and he formerly served on the Board of Trustees for the Castilleja School and for the International School of the Peninsula.

Alan is a frequent guest for the Bloomberg Advantage, and has written articles for various financial publications including CNBC, Forbes and The Street.

Alan is listed as one of the Barron’s Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors in 2014 and 2016. Alan was named a 2012 finalist for the Greater Los Angeles Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was previously a semi-finalist in 2010. Alan was a member of the Young Presidents' Organization and was the Chairman of its Personal Investing Network.

Alan actively supports numerous charities including the Stanford Cancer Institute, the San Francisco Symphony, the Riekes Center For Human Enhancement, Mercado Global (a fair trade organization to fight poverty), and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).

Alan holds a B.A.S., Political Science and Economics, from Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, 1990.