Erik Barefield is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Mesirow Traditional Investment Management. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing strategic oversight and leadership on all aspects of the traditional investment management platform including competitive positioning, product development, distribution, and collaboration both within and between the businesses. He is also a member of Mesirow’s Board of Directors.
Erik’s prior experience includes 13 years working with Mesirow Advanced Strategies, most recently as Head of the Global Client Relationship team. He re-joins Mesirow from Lighthouse Investment Partners, where he transitioned in 2018 following Lighthouse’s acquisition of Mesirow Advanced Strategies. Prior to joining Mesirow in 2005, Erik also spent over 11 years as an institutional salesperson in the Fixed Income Group at Morgan Stanley.
Erik serves as the Chair of the Investment Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee for Metropolitan Family Services. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and sits on the board of DePaul College Prep.
Erik received a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.