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Sasha Jensen

Founder & CEO

Jensen Partners

New York, US

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Sasha Jensen’s Biography

Sasha Jensen, Founder and CEO of Jensen Partners, leads a team of senior recruitment specialists and data scientists dedicated exclusively to the sourcing, recruitment and placement of capital raising and investment professionals for leading alternative investment firms. In fact, Ms. Jensen was described as “the most successful executive recruiter for asset gatherers” by Institutional Investor magazine.

As a former investigative journalist, Sasha firmly believes that data substantiates an immediate call to action. As a woman-owned business, Jensen Partners was founded in 2012 on the principle that diversity is a critical and immediate need in the alternative investment space. Under Sasha’s leadership and backed by the power of data, Jensen Partners has become the trusted, chosen partner for individuals and institutions in the industry. The firm has also won multiple awards in the 2019 and 2020 Private Equity Wire Awards (US & Europe).

Over the last five years, Ms. Jensen’s firm has received several rounds of institutional funding, experienced transformational growth and expanded in headcount and geography – with locations in New York and London. Further, Jensen Partners’ executive recruiting model applies a ‘big data’ approach to mapping out the entire fund distribution teams at the largest alternative investment platforms, totaling more than 600 firms.

Uniquely, Ms. Jensen’s recruiting experience spans nearly two decades. She was previously the Director of Alternative Asset Management Recruiting for The Gerson Group in New York and London. Before joining Gerson Group, Ms. Jensen served as the Global Head of Fund Distribution for Kinsey Allen International. Ms. Jensen was previously an investigative journalist and latterly worked as Head of Investigations of the Sunday Independent and Saturday Star newspapers in Johannesburg. Sasha graduated with an upper-class double-honors in Philosophy and Literature from University of Warwick.

Sasha Jensen’s Newsfeed

Business Insider
Recruiter Sasha Jensen has a plan to tackle Wall Street's diversity problem

Jensen Partners surveyed 2,229 sales professionals at asset managers and found that most are white men. The recruiter used its new DiversityMetrics tool to compile the data. In the next 12 to 18 months, the tool should be able to predict money managers' retention rates for women and minorities. 

PR Newswire
Jensen Partners Named Best Recruitment Consultant by Readers of Institutional Asset Manager

"This award is an acknowledgement of the amazing work the entire Jensen Partners team has done to help us realize our goal of being a truly data-first global human capital consultant. We spent over a decade collecting data on alternative asset investment professionals around the world, allowing us to deliver a new level of human capital insights," said Sasha Jensen, CEO and Founder of Jensen Partners. "Those insights are enabling some of the most prominent global asset managers to realize greater sophistication on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), candidate recruitment and employee retention."

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Sasha Jensen’s Background

Jensen Partners
Founder & CEO
Dec 2011 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Jensen Partners is a global advisory, corporate development & executive search firm that leverages its extensive relationships in the investor & alternative asset management community to source & recruit leading capital raising candidates.
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The Gerson Group
Director of Alternatives
Oct 2010 - Nov 2011
New York, NY, USA
The Gerson Group serves as a strategic partner, providing corporate development services to a select group of clients. The firm provides market intelligence, access to professionals & strategic advice on business development & human capital.
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Philanthropy

High Water Women
Board Director
New York, NY, USA
High Water women, founded in 2005 by a small group of senior women from the hedge fund & investment communities, is a charity with a focus on providing enriched educational opportunities for low-income youth & the economic empowerment of women & children.
Covenant House
Fundraising Committee Member
New York, NY, USA
Covenant House is the largest privately-funded agency in the Americas providing food, shelter, immediate crisis care & essential services to homeless youth in 31 cities throughout the United States, Canada & Latin America.

Media

PE firms adapting to current trends
Interview
Oct 2020
Sasha Jensen, founder and CEO of Jensen Partners, comments on some trends emerging as private equity firms expand across geographies, strategies and sectors, notably the need for professionals with specialised skillsets and relationships, a focus on diversity and impact investing, and industry shifts due to the transition to virtual platforms.

Publications

European Service Provider Insights
Contributor
May 2020
Sasha Jensen contributed to this special report in a chapter titled 'Investment trends in PE foster new hiring needs'. Among other topics, she discusses the private equity's industry increased interest in ESG and impact investing and how it plays a role in increasing diversity in hiring practices and marketing needs.

Awards & Endorsements

Private Equity Wire: European Awards
Winner: 2020 & 2021
Jensen Partners, an executive search and corporate advisory firm for the alternative investment management industry, was named "Best Recruitment Company for Investor Relations & Asset Raising" by the readers of Private Equity Wire, a leading source for PE news and features.
Private Equity Wire: US Awards
Winner
2020
Jensen Partners received two accolades at the 2020 Private Equity Wire USA Awards. At a ceremony conducted virtually on October 8th, the firm was named "Best Recruitment Company for Executives" and, for the second year in a row, "Best Recruitment Company for Investor Relations & Asset Raising."
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Speaking Engagements

Private Markets Operational Leaders' European Summit
Speaker
Oct 2021
Sasha Jensen will join a panel of speakers for a session titled "Creating a world class team: Best practices in hiring and retention," during which she will discuss finding new recruits and how to create a diversified workplace, among other topics.
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Creating A Team That Delivers Success
Speaker
New York, NY, USA
Sasha Jensen was the featured speaker for a talk on team building and leadership.

Sasha Jensen’s Education

University of Warwick
Philosophy & Literature
1991 - 1994
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Diploma, Counselling & Counselling Skills in Recruitment