Ciara Burnham is a partner with QED investors and a seasoned investor, operator and strategist with more than twenty years of experience building growth businesses in financial services.
Previously, Ciara was a Senior Managing Director with Evercore, the global investment bank, where she worked broadly across the firm’s businesses. Ciara joined Evercore shortly after its inception, and played a significant leadership role in the build-out of the firm’s presence on a global basis. Most recently, she served as the CEO of Evercore Trust, a nationally chartered trust bank with over $50 billion of assets, where she led a turnaround of the business culminating in a successful sale of the institutional assets. Previously, she was responsible for Strategy and Corporate Development, leading initiatives which included launching new lines of business, executing acquisitions for the firm, raising capital, and developing the international platform. Additionally, Ciara advised large corporate clients in the investment banking advisory business and held leadership roles in the investment management segment. Previously, Ciara was an equity research analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein and a consultant with McKinsey.
Ciara received an A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University and an M.B.A., with honors, from Columbia Business School, where she received the Beta Gamma Sigma Alumni Award for the highest academic achievement in the graduating class. She serves as a Trustee of the non-profit Education Development Center, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Princeton University and the New York Women’s Forum.