Isela Bahena is a Senior Director at TIAA-CREF with over eighteen years of experience in the financial services sector. She has spent her career underwriting and investing in debt and equity investments. Today, she leads a team which originates, structures, and invests in private equity and below-investment-grade debt across the energy and infrastructure sectors. She is also responsible for around $1 billion of energy and infrastructure portfolio investments. She serves on several boards for investments in Europe and North America including transportation (I-595; A30, UK P3 asset), power generation, and a Canadian energy platform. She is an advisory board and steering committee member for TIAA’s strategic midstream and transportation partnerships.
Ms. Bahena’s previous experience at TIAA includes investment and portfolio management in the private equity fund, co-investment, mezzanine and timber assets with a focus on emerging markets. She has also invested in domestic and international private placement debt. Before joining TIAA-CREF in 2004, Ms. Bahena was responsible for public finance and general middle-market lending and underwriting at Bank of America.
Ms. Bahena holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in Business Administration from the Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Ms. Bahena is bilingual in English and Spanish plus conversational in Portuguese. She holds a not-for-profit board seat in the education sector and sits on the finance committee.