October 18, 1942 |
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Alma mater||Princeton University
University of Virginia
Gerald L. Parsky is an American financier, philanthropist, and public servant. He serves as chairman of Aurora Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based private investment firm managing over $2.0 billion of private equity capital. Aurora’s traditional Private Equity funds focus principally on control-investments in middle-market businesses. Aurora’s Resurgence Fund invests in debt and equity securities of middle-market companies and targets complex situations including corporate carve-outs. Aurora’s investors include public and corporate pension funds, endowments and foundations active in private equity and distressed debt investing.
Parsky was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1942 to Jewish parents who were unable to attend college because of the depression. For this reason, Mr. Parsky's parents dedicated themselves to providing the finest education possible to Parsky, who graduated from Princeton University and the University of Virginia Law School, and has devoted voluntary time to education.
Parsky resides in Rancho Santa Fe, California with his wife, Robin. He has two children, Laura Parsky of San Diego, California and David Parsky of Los Angeles, California and two grandchildren, Annabelle and Izzy Parsky.
After working for three years for a Wall Street law firm, he was recruited to the United States Department of the Treasury in 1971. He served in various positions from 1971-1974 in the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Energy Office.
From 1974 until 1977 he served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, responsible for capital markets policy; all of the Treasury Department’s international affairs, including trade policy; international monetary policy; investment and energy policy; relations with industrial and developing countries; and U.S. policy relating to the international financial institutions, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
From 1977 until 1992, Parsky was affiliated with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he was a Senior Partner and a member of the Executive and Management Committees. In 1992, Parsky founded Aurora Capital Group.
Parsky has volunteered for numerous community, educational and public service activities. He received appointments from five U.S. Presidents. In addition to serving Presidents Nixon and Ford, Parsky received appointments to the President’s Council on Productivity (Reagan); the President’s Export Council (George H.W. Bush) and the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security (George W. Bush). Parsky serves as a Trustee to both the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in California and the George (H.W.) Bush Presidential Library Foundation in Texas.
His other public service activities in California include appointments by California’s Governor to be: Chairman of The Commission on the 21st Century Economy (2009); and Chairman of The Public Employee Post-Employment Benefits Commission (2007).
Appointed in 1996 to a twelve-year term as Regent of the University of California, Parsky was elected unanimously by his peers to serve as their Chairman. Chairman Parsky oversaw the Regents’ governance of the University, including oversight and negotiations on behalf of the U.S. nuclear labs at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore, student admissions, expansion of the U.C. Merced campus, as well as budget and fiscal issues, including pension plans for the faculty and staff. Parsky retired as a Regent in 2008, and received a resolution from the Regents stating “the Regents of the University of California express their deep gratitude to Gerry for his exemplary service, his dedicated advocacy of the University before many forums, and his willingness to enlist his extensive business experience on behalf of public higher education and the people of California.”
Parsky also served as a Charter Trustee of Princeton University from 1981–1991; serves as a Trustee of the Salk Institute; and the Advisory Council of Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Parsky, his wife Robin, and his family have established the Parsky Family Scholarship at Princeton University; the Parsky Family Scholarship at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and Management and the Parsky Family Scholarship at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C 
Before Parsky took over the University of California's pension fund it had averaged over 15% return per year and had hundreds of millions in profit after paying for pensions. Within 7 years the fund was broke. In the process he destroyed the reputation of Patricia Smalls who had operated the fund and she was forced to sign an agreement to retire early and not speak about the regents.
Parsky has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson Institute Corporate Citizen Award; the Alexander Hamilton Award (the highest award presented in the U.S. Treasury Department); and was voted One of Ten Outstanding Young Men in America by U.S. Jaycees.
- Aurora Capital Group official website. http://www.auroracap.com/
- Marlene Adler Marks (May 20, 1999). "Ties Still Bind". Jewish Journal.
- Clough, Richard. Interview with Gerald L. Parsky. “Aurora Capital Chairman Gerald Parsky’s ties to the GOP run deep, serving in Republican presidential administrations and as an adviser to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.” Los Angeles Business Journal. 16 Nov. 2009
- "Gerald Parsky". Notable Names Database. January 2, 2015.
- Couch, Cullen. “Gerald Parsky ’68 Blends Politics and Principle to Achieve Reform.” UVA Lawyer. Spring, 2007.
- Resolution in appreciation of Gerald L. Parsky. http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/regents/minutes/2008/board108.pdf. The University of California. p 4. 17 Jan., 2008.
- Davis, Trey. “Gerald L. Parsky Named Chair of UC Board of Regents for 2004-06.” UC Newsroom. 20 May 2004.
- PU Endowed Undergraduate Scholarships. Princeton University. http://aspire.princeton.edu/scholarships-fellowships/scholarships/endowed/P.xml
- UCLA Anderson Named Endowments. http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/x5848.xml
- Sibwell Financial Aid Funds. http://www.sidwell.edu/call-us-friends/endowment/three/index.aspx.
- Parsky's Party. http://www.eastbayexpress.com/gyrobase/parskys-party/Content?oid=1083283&showFullText=true
- University of California Regent Biographies. http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/~ucalhist/general_history/overview/regents/biographies_p.html