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Honorees

Jeffrey Aronson

Jeffrey H. Aronson

Co-Founder & Managing Principal Centerbridge Partners, L.P. with The Gustave L. Levy Award

Jeffrey H. Aronson is the Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Centerbridge Partners, L.P., an investment firm with approximately $30 billion in capital under management focused on private equity, special situation, and credit investing. Prior to co-founding Centerbridge in October 2005, Jeff was a Partner at Angelo, Gordon & Co., where he led the firm's distressed securities and leveraged loan efforts. He also served as Senior Corporate Counsel at L.F. Rothschild & Co., and began his career as a securities attorney with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

Jeff is Chair of the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine and New York University School of Law.

He graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University and holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Jeff and his wife Shari live in New York City. They have three children, Marni, Brian, and Nicole.

Gustave L. Levy was a giant in our industry who worked ceaselessly to reach and care for people in need. He served as UJA-Federation of New York’s president nearly 60 years ago, and he helped shape our world.

Jeffrey Solomon

Jeffrey M. Solomon

President Cowen Group, Inc. with The Alan C. Greenberg Young Leadership Award

Jeffrey M. Solomon is President of Cowen Group, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Cowen and Company, an investment bank. Previously, Jeff served as Cowen Group's Chief Operating Officer and Head of Investment Banking. He joined Ramius, Cowen Group's investment management division, when it was founded in 1994, where he was responsible for investment strategy.

Jeff is a Director of NuGo Nutrition, co-chair of the Equity Capital Formation Task Force, and a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation.

Jeff sits on the Board of UJA Federation of New York and is the Chair of its Investment Management Division. He also serves on the boards of the Foundation for Jewish Camps as well as the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, the largest day camping network in North America.

Jeff and his wife Linda live in Larchmont, New York. They have three children, Ryan, Spencer, and Kate.

Alan C. “Ace” Greenberg epitomized philanthropy. It was at the heart of his life, and he promoted its value through his work. He was a leader and role model in the Jewish community, and dedicated himself to UJA and the financial industry for more than 60 years.

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