Jeffrey Hersch

Jeffrey Hersch (EE'87) is a Managing Director of Highbridge Capital Management where he is the portfolio manager for the merger arbitrage group.  Highbridge is an alternative investment firm for institutional and individual investors, pension funds, and endowments.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Prior to joining Highbridge in 2012, Mr. Hersch worked for 23 years at UBS Investment Bank and its predecessor firms Swiss Bank Corp and O’Connor & Associates.  From 2001-2012, he worked as a Managing Director leading the proprietary merger arbitrage activities at UBS.  He started his career in 1989 at O’Connor in equity derivatives trading.  He held several positions at O’Connor/Swiss Bank/UBS including analyst, senior trader and portfolio manager.

Mr. Hersch received a BE in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union in 1987 and an SM from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989, where he studied engineering management and finance, and served as a research assistant in the civil engineering and ocean engineering departments.

While at Cooper, Jeff was Editor of the Pioneer and President of Zeta Psi fraternity. 

He lives in Westchester County with his family.

Role: Trustee
Elected to the Board: December 2013
Class Term: 2017
Term Limit: 2021

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.