President, Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Avenue Capital Group
Ms. Gardner is the President, Managing Partner and co-founder of Avenue Capital Group, a global alternative investment manager with over $12 billion* in assets under management specializing in distressed debt investing. Avenue, founded in 1995 and headquartered in New York City, has 11 offices around the world. Avenue's core strategies focus on distressed and undervalued debt and equity opportunities in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Ms. Gardner is the Partner in charge of managing Avenue. Distressed investing has been the focus of her professional career over the last 23 years. Ms. Gardner is also a co-founder of Amroc where she was Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for investing the partners' capital. There she was active in the review and trading of the debt of hundreds of bankruptcies. Prior to operating Amroc as an independent entity, Ms. Gardner was a Senior Managing Director and General Counsel of Amroc Investments, L.P., the predecessor firm associated with the Robert Bass Group, Inc. Previously, Ms. Gardner served as Senior Attorney of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department at Cowen & Company. Ms. Gardner was the recipient of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds' 2008 Industry Leadership Award. Ms. Gardner also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Managed Funds Association (MFA) and the Board of Directors of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Ms. Gardner has served and will continue to serve on the board of advisors/directors of both for-profit and not-for-profit private companies that are not affiliated with Avenue.
Ms. Gardner received a B.A. with Honors in Philosophy from Clark University (1983) and a J.D. from the Cardozo School of Law (1986).