Stephen Usher is a Managing Director and Head of Distribution at Lafayette Square overseeing the business development activities across all the firm's investment products. Prior to joining Lafayette, Stephen was a partner at Standard General, an investment firm that manages event driven opportunity funds where he managed the firm's business development activity, resided on the firm's investment committee, and was involved with the firm's trading business. He was formerly a founding partner of Serengeti Asset Management, where he managed the firms business development activity and built out its credit trading business.
Stephen spent close to a decade at Goldman Sachs from 1996 to 2005, during which time he built out Goldman's European distressed bond and bank loan sales and sourcing effort in London, and worked for Goldman's distressed bank loan and bond sales and trading group in New York. He began his career in Citibank's leveraged loan sales group.
Stephen currently serves as a director of Turning Point Brands, Inc (NYSE TPB) and has also served on several non-for profit boards and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Harlem School of the Arts and is also an Advisor to the Investment and Finance Committee for the California Endowment. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where he is currently a member of the Presidents council.