ILPA Appoints Mendell As New Marketing and Communications Chief

Dec 15 2016 | 9:36pm ET

The Institutional Limited Partners Association, or ILPA, has named Emily Mendell as its new head of marketing and communications. 

Mendell will be responsible for association-wide communications, including content, branding, messaging, media relations, social media and marketing, the ILPA said in a statement Wednesday. She will join the organization as of January 3, 2017, close on the heels of Matthew Kelly's November 28 hiring as ILPA’s new managing director of education.

Mendell brings more than 25 years of communications experience and 15 years in the venture capital industry to her new role. She was most recently vice president of communications for Polaris Partners and, before that, worked in the same capacity for the National Venture Capital Association. 

“The LP community has a remarkable story to tell, and we are thrilled to welcome Emily as a communications professional who has a profound appreciation for this industry,” said Peter Freire, ILPA’s CEO. “Her deep expertise and understanding of the nuances that define this asset class, combined with her ability to craft a compelling narrative that resonates with our stakeholders, promise to have a meaningful impact on our efforts. We look forward to her contribution.” 

Founded in the early 1990s as an informal networking club of 15-20 members, the ILPA is now the leading member-driven organization dedicated to advancing the interests of private equity limited partners. The association provides educational programs, independent research, best practices, networking opportunities and global collaborations to its membership, which has grown to more than 350 pension funds, endowments, foundations, family offices, and insurance companies.

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