Tanya L. Barnes is a Managing Director and Head of Blackstone Impact.
Blackstone’s impact investing platform was launched in 2019 in the firm’s Strategic Partners group to deliver positive financial impact while addressing four specific investment themes— Health & Wellbeing, Financial Access, Sustainable Communities and Green Technologies. The platform will leverage Strategic Partners’ scale and expertise across private equity, real estate and infrastructure by partnering with external impact managers focused on developed markets, as well as other investing businesses within Blackstone.
Ms. Barnes was previously a Managing Director in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs where she focused on private equity investments for the Principal Investment Area (PIA) and helped to build and run the division’s co-investment business. During her career, she was responsible for all stages of investing: sourcing, diligence, structuring, execution and asset management, as well as having sector coverage responsibilities for financial services and consumer retail investments. Ms. Barnes spent the early part of her career at Goldman in the Special Situations Group (SSG) where she invested the firm's proprietary capital in debt and equity transactions for distressed assets and businesses. Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Barnes ran her own firm where she was an advisor, investor and board member to investment firms and operating businesses.
Ms. Barnes received an A.B. from Harvard College and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.