Back to people

Russell Valdez

Chief Investment Officer


Russell Valdez

Russell Valdez is the Chief Investment Officer and serves on Wafra’s Management Advisory Committee and Board of Directors. Mr. Valdez oversees all negotiated alternatives transactions spanning strategic partnerships, real assets, private equity and alternative finance and real estate. He leads investments in investment management firms and finance companies across the spectrum of real assets. Mr. Valdez serves on the boards of Ara Partners, Oak Hill Advisors, LOGIX Fiber Networks, and Suntex Marinas.

Previously, Mr. Valdez was a Corporate Associate at Covington & Burling, practicing in private equity and mergers and acquisitions. His experience also includes positions at Chemonics International and Visa Europe.

Mr. Valdez earned a BA from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School.