Mr. Bernstein is the former Director of the $2B Emerging Manager Program at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (“TRS”) overseeing investments in early stage or middle market opportunities across real estate and private equity. The TRS Emerging Manager Program consisted of over 130 commitments. Mr. Bernstein was instrumental in the creation of the $6B private markets’ strategic partnership network at TRS. In addition, he served as Chief of Staff to the Chief Investment Officer. Under Bernstein’s leadership the TRS Emerging Manager Program has been recognized across the institutional industry, having received several awards and honors.
Prior to TRS, he worked at Lehman Brothers Investment Management Division focusing on asset management and capital markets until October 2007. Before joining Lehman Brothers, he served 5 years as Executive Aide to Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. Over the 5 year period, Stuart worked directly for Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst at the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, state-wide campaign for Lieutenant Governor and the Texas General Land Office.
In addition to his active involvement with charities throughout the state, he is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Young Texans Against Cancer. YTAC was started in 2001 and has grown to four chapters in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, raising over $3 million and contributing over 35,000 hour of volunteer work for cancer related causes. He currently serves in a number of investment board positions including Trellis Company Foundation, Seton Hospital Foundation and Boy Scouts of Central Texas Foundation.
Stuart was appointed to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital Advance Team Board, Robert Toigo Governing Board, President of the Seton Hospital Forum, Texas Golf Hall of Fame, and served as a Director of the Texas Lyceum. In addition, he served on the University of Texas at Austin 1883 Council as President. Stuart has received the United States of America Presidential Volunteer Service Award and The University of Texas Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award. He received his BA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.