The Lafayette Square History

Lafayette Square was founded in 2020 with the mission of being the leading provider of impact-driven capital, financing disadvantaged communities, entrepreneurs, and diverse investment talent.

1975
BEGINNINGS IN DC

Damien Dwin was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Staying close to home, Damien attended Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. While attending Georgetown, Damien co-founded the Patrick Healy Fellowship. The fellowship is dedicated to pursuing the Jesuit ideals of diversity and community service. Go Hoyas!

1997
EARLY CAREER

Damien started his career at Salomon Brothers in its the Fixed Income Division and at Goldman Sachs on the international desk for the Fixed Income and Commodities Division.

2004
CAREER CONTINUED

After Goldman, Damien moved to Credit Suisse to found the North American Special Opportunities Division. Following a successful spin-out, he founded Brightwood Capital and served as Co-CEO for ten years.

2019
VERA & CHOP

In 2019, Damien joined the Board of Trustees for the Vera Institute of Justice and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. These two organizations became the latest in the string of social impact organizations that Damien has supported over the years.

MAY 2020
BEGINNINGS OF INSPIRATION

In the wake of COVID-19 and its subsequent health and economic impact, Damien began thinking critically about the role investment managers could play in supporting the nation's crisis.

Nov 2020
FOUNDING

Lafayette Square was officially launched in November 2020 by Damien Dwin and his founding team.

NOV 2020
INAUGURAL INVESTMENT

Lafayette Square makes its inaugural investment into FactoryOS, which creates affordable modular multifamily housing more efficiently and at a lower cost while creating good local jobs and funding innovation

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NOW

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