David Burke

  • Chief Executive Officer

Dave Burke is the Chief Executive Officer and a Managing Director of Makena Capital Management. A founder of the firm, Dave is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, and the Management and Investment Committees and is responsible for overseeing Makena's investment and operational activities. Previous to being named Chief Executive Officer in January 2014, Dave headed Makena's private equity activities. Prior to forming Makena in 2005, Dave was a Managing Director of the Stanford Management Company, overseeing the Stanford University endowment's investments in private equity and venture capital. Prior to joining the Stanford Management Company, he ran the private equity investment program for The Investment Fund for Foundations. During the 1990s, Dave was an international capital markets lawyer in London and Paris with Linklaters, and practiced law with Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco.

Dave currently serves on the advisory and corporate boards of over a dozen private equity, venture capital, and direct investments in the US and abroad. Dave serves on the Boards of Stanford University Athletics and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is a Trustee of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation and Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. Dave received a BS in Finance, Juris Doctor, and an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and is a guest lecturer on investment management topics at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

“Our mission is to invest our clients’ capital for the intermediate to long term. We pursue opportunities to take advantage of having long-term capital by outmaneuvering in the short term – being long term when much of the investment world is short term.”

David Burke