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Harvard Business School
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Charles Wu is a Managing Director and founding partner of BayNorth Capital, a private real estate equity firm based in Boston.  The BayNorth team has invested approximately $2.6 billion of capital for seven distinct funds for 45 institutional clients.  Investments include equity, participating debt, joint ventures, land acquisitions and partnerships.

Prior to co-founding BayNorth Capital in July 2004, Charlie co-founded the private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners in July 1998 and was a Managing Director of its predecessor firm, Harvard Private Capital Group, the private equity and real estate investment unit of Harvard Management Company.  Before joining Harvard Private Capital in 1995, Charlie was a Managing Director at Aldrich Eastman & Waltch, where he directed the restructuring group and was a portfolio manager.  Prior to AEW, Charlie worked at Morgan Stanley in their corporate finance department.

Charlie has an MBA, with distinction, and a BA, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University. 

Charlie serves on the Facilities and Capital Planning Advisory Committee for the Harvard Corporation and is on the Board of Trustees of Newton Wellesley Hospital.  He was a founding Board member of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy , is a past President of the Newton Schools Foundation, and has chaired Boston Mayor Menino’s Economic Advisory Board.  Since 2006, Charlie has been a frequent lecturer at Harvard’s and Dartmouth’s Tuck Schools of Business. 

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Adjunct Professor of Business Administration

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Adjunct Professor, Tuck School of Business, 2011–present
  • Guest Lecturer, Harvard Business School Executive Education, 2007–10
  • Faculty Lecturer, Harvard Business School, 2007

Nonacademic positions

  • Founding Partner and Managing Director, Baynorth Capital, LLC, 2004–present
  • Founding Partner and Managing Director, Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC, 1998–2004
  • Managing Director, Harvard Private Capital Group, Inc., 1995–98
  • Director and Shareholder, Aldrich, Eastman & Waltch, Inc., 1985–95
  • Corporate Finance Analyst, 1979–81, Corporate Finance Associate, 1983–85, Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc.

Board memberships

  • Overseer/Board of Trustees, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 2007–present
  • Founding Director, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, 2004–09
  • President, Newton Schools Foundation, 2002­–04
  • Chairman, Economic Advisory Board of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, 1999–2002

Editorial positions

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Institutional Real Estate Letter, Institutional Real Estate Securities

Awards

  • Paderewski Gold Medal for 10 years of outstanding performance in the National Piano Guild Auditions
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