Lee West has built his career over 35 years investing in, supporting, and advising a pipeline and portfolio of new ventures that disrupt existing markets and create new ones. He has advised, created, seeded, or started over 1,700 entities while incubating more than 200 hedge fund, venture capital, and asset managers representing over $34B in assets.
Lee founded Hedge Fund Services (HFS), where he launched an initiative to provide the entire infrastructure, including office space, back-office support, outsourced trading, capital introductions, research, compliance, legal, accounting, facilities management, and advisory support to money managers and private equity firms across the US. Several of the country’s largest and most recognized firms in the space credit HFS as a contributing factor to their success. Over his 19-year tenure (1994 to 2013), he helped incubate cutting-edge business ventures across more than two dozen sectors, including technology, financial services, environmental commodities, healthcare, retail, entertainment, and sustainability.
Lee has been deeply involved in impact investing for a decade targeting investments in projects that impact women’s empowerment and gender equality while reducing the effects of global climate change. He helped create a first-of-its-kind global financial tool and The W+ Standard™ to facilitate mainstream gender financing while measuring and monetizing the co-benefits of climate change mitigation and supporting women’s empowerment related to time, income/assets, health, leadership, education, and food security. This financial innovation received the 2016 award from the UN Climate Change Secretariat for innovation and scalability.
Lee attended both the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and Los Angeles (UCLA), majoring in Economics and Business.