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Ohmer, Adrian


3178 Jeffries Hall

Adrian Ohmer is an adjunct clinical professor of law who teaches Innovation Platform. He is an Investment Director at The Kresge Foundation. Kresge’s Investment Office supports the foundation’s mission by managing and growing a $4 billion endowment. 

Prior to joining Kresge, Professor Ohmer served as senior manager of private equity at the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust where he was responsible for helping manage the $60 billion trust, the largest nongovernmental purchaser of retiree health care in the United States. He also helped lead the Trust’s equity and inclusion efforts and identified diverse managers with whom to invest. He was the recipient of the 2019 Rising Star Award from the National Association of Investment Companies, the largest trade organization for diverse-owned private equity and hedge funds.

Prior to joining the Trust, Professor Ohmer was a Principal at Invest Detroit Ventures (IDV) and the recipient of the 2015 Up & Coming Investor of the Year Award from the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA). While at IDV, he led 18 seed and early stage venture investments in Midwest technology companies and served as a mentor for many accelerator programs across the region. He also served on the Membership Committee for the MVCA and was a driving force behind the MVCA including diversity statistics in its Annual Research Report.

Professor Ohmer is a 2013 graduate of The University of Michigan Law School, where he served as the Editor-in- Chief of the Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review and is the author of “Investing in Cannabis: Inconsistent Government Regulation and Constraints on Capital” (Vol. 3, Fall 2013) and a co-author of “A Very Quiet Revolution – A Primer on Securities Crowdfunding and Title III of the JOBS Act” (Vol. 2, Fall 2012).

During law school, Professor Ohmer was a Summer Associate in the New York offices of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he focused on small and emerging corporate matters and fund formation, and was a Summer Associate in the Global Compliance Group at Goldman Sachs, where he focused on Dodd-Frank implementation and lobbying issues.

Prior to earning his J.D., Professor Ohmer worked at Goldman Sachs in New York City where he began his career in credit derivatives, worked in the Office of the Chairman, served as Chief-of- Staff to the Global Head of Private Wealth Management, and worked for the Global Chief Operating & Marketing Officers of Private Wealth Management on strategic projects.

Professor Ohmer earned his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University in 2006 with a concentration in Latin American & African comparative studies, and served as the Chairman of The Students of Georgetown, Inc., one of the largest student-run corporations in the country.