Philip Alphonse is a co-founder, partner and member of the Investment Committee for The Vistria Group (“Vistria”) a private investment firm with $400 Million in assets under management and a focus on building market leading companies in the healthcare, education and financial services industries. Philip co-leads Vistria’s education practice, for which current investments and board positions include: Media Source Inc. (parent company for Junior Library Guild, School Library Journal, Library Journal and The Horn Book) and Penn Foster Inc. Philip also serves as Audit Committee chair for Infilaw Holding, LLC (parent company for Arizona Summit Law School, Charlotte School of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law) as well as a trustee and member of the Executive Committee for The Roxbury Latin School in Boston.
He was formerly a principal at Sterling Partners, a private equity firm with approximately $6 billion of capital under management. Philip spent approximately 10 years at the firm, where he primarily focused and invested in education companies. He has worked on the acquisition of and investments in Professional Career Development Institute, LLC; Infilaw Holding, LLC; Meritas, LLC; Educate, Inc. /Educate Online (Sylvan Learning); and Continental Case, LLC. He served previously on the board of directors for Educate, Inc. and Educate Online.
Philip held previous positions with Thomas Weisel Partners, McCown De Leeuw & Co., and Musa Capital, a prior affiliate of Kingdom Holdings. He began his career as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley. He graduated with honors from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s Degree (government concentration); and from Stanford University, where he received his M.B.A.
Mr. Alphonse is a Commissioner (mayoral appointee) with Chicago’s Community Development Commission. He serves as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, and is a member of The Chicago Club. He is married and enjoys spending time with his wife, Rene, and three daughters, Zoe, Quincy, and Grace.