Leadership Team

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Kevin Brown

Managing Partner

Kevin Brown, Managing Partner and Investor Relations, is a founding partner of Jackson Square.  Kevin is responsible for articulating the team’s investment philosophy and process to prospects and clients, and managing the firm’s business and operations-related areas. Prior to Jackson Square, Kevin served as the senior investment specialist for the Delaware Investments Focus Growth Equity team from October 2006 through April 2014. Kevin spent three years as a director in institutional equity sales at Merrill Lynch. From 1999 to 2003, he served as a vice president in institutional equity sales at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse First Boston. Kevin also worked at JP Morgan and Robertson Stephens. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Berkley, and an MBA in finance from the University of California at Los Angeles. 


Van Tran

Chief Financial Officer

Van Tran, the Chief Financial Officer, is a founding partner of Jackson Square. Van is responsible for managing the firm’s business and operations-related areas in conjunction with the Managing Partner. She was a portfolio manager and equity analyst on the Delaware Investment Focus Growth Equity team from April 2005 through April 2014, before she transitioned to her current role as part of the inception of Jackson Square.  She joined Transamerica Investment Management as a research analyst in 2000 and prior to that worked for PaineWebber in 1999 and 2000, and for CIBC Oppenheimer from 1996 to 1999. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at San Diego and a master’s degree in finance from Golden Gate University.


Debbie Sabo

Head of Trading

Debbie Sabo, the head of trading, is a founding partner of Jackson Square. She was also part of the team at Delaware Investments, serving as an equity trader from April 2005 through April 2014. Previously, she was the head trader at McMorgan from 2003 to 2005, and at Husic Capital Management from 2002 to 2003. Her 16 years of trading experience also includes positions at Robertson Stephens, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. Debbie earned a bachelor’s degree in business and Japanese from the University of Pittsburgh.


Jeff Van Harte

Chairman, Chief Investment Officer

Jeff Van Harte, along with several colleagues in the firm, founded Jackson Square Partners (Jackson Square) in May 2014. Serving as chairman and chief investment officer of Jackson Square, he leads an experienced investment team that manages large-cap, smid-cap, all-cap and global growth portfolios. Prior to founding Jackson Square, Jeff led the team, then called the Focus Growth Equity team, while at Delaware Investments from April 2005 to April 2014, and was a principal and executive vice president at Transamerica Investment Management. Before becoming a portfolio manager, Jeff was a securities analyst and trader at Transamerica Investment Services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from California State University at Fullerton.