Vanita W. Gaonkar is a senior investment officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, focused on Public Investments. Prior to joining the Foundation, Gaonkar was the director of research at Ehrenkranz Partners, L.P., where she was responsible for investments across asset classes, including fixed income, equities, hedge funds, private equity and real assets. Before joining Ehrenkranz Partners, L.P. she served as a director in alternative investments at Credit Suisse, where she oversaw investments in long/short equity, event driven credit, and emerging markets. Prior to Credit Suisse she worked as an analyst at The Blackstone Group and J.P. Morgan Chase. Gaonkar earned her BA in Mathematics and Economics from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.