If you asked for the profile of a business school's dream alumnus, you'd hear words like accomplished, engaged, grateful and generous. Basically, you'd hear a description of Joel Fried, '86.
"It was truly a great time in my life," Joel says of his time at UCLA Anderson. "I felt like I matured as a human being immensely during those two years."
Joel turned his experience at UCLA Anderson into a highly successful career in investment management. He serves as president and director of PRIMECAP Management Company, a firm he joined in 1986, just after graduating from UCLA Anderson. He is also a founding member of the board of the Fink Center for Finance & Investments at UCLA Anderson.
"I've been very fortunate in my career, and with that good fortune comes a responsibility to give back - specifically to the institutions that were there for you, that helped to shape you and gave you the opportunity to accomplish the things that you have." For Joel, that means giving back to UCLA Anderson.
Most recently, Joel and his wife, Deanne, established the Joel and Deanne Fried Anderson Fund Challenge, in which they matched new Dean's Society-level donations.
"Anderson is a very special place for us," Deanne says. "Joel has always credited Anderson as opening the door of opportunity for him to succeed in his career. We want to do what we can to ensure that Anderson continues to rank among the country's elite business schools and provides to future generations the same opportunities that Joel enjoyed."
The Deanne and Joel Fried Anderson Fund Challenge
For the 2013 calendar year, all new or upgraded Dean’s Society gifts were doubled! Joel ’86 and Deanne Fried pledged $1 million in matching funds to encourage people to join the Dean’s Society or increase their support. Through this effort, 180 new Dean’s Society donors (including 66 students) were matched and 42 current Dean’s Society members increased their giving.
"Through our Challenge we hope to inspire others to make a leadership gift and invest in the future of UCLA Anderson."