Andrew Farris, CFA, Director, is a member of the BlackRock Private Equity Partners (PEP) investment team within BlackRock Alternative Investors. He is responsible for performing due diligence on and monitoring private equity fund investments and direct equity co-investments. Mr. Farris joined BlackRock PEP in 2008. Prior to BlackRock, Mr. Farris evaluated investments at ImpreMedia, a media acquisition platform backed by Clarity Partners. From 2001 to 2004, he was in the Investment Banking Division of Citigroup/Salomon Smith Barney where he worked on merger & acquisition and capital raising transactions. Mr. Farris earned a BA degree, magna cum laude, in economics from Princeton University in 2001 and an MBA degree, with honors, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.