Michael F. Gerber is Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at FS Investments. Mr. Gerber serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and leads the communications, investor relations and government and regulatory affairs teams. He also oversees the firm’s corporate social responsibility and environmental, social and governance initiatives; leads FS’s diversity and inclusion strategy; and serves as President of the FS Foundation. Throughout his tenure at FS, Mr. Gerber has overseen a number of other functions, including corporate development, product development, administration and the Office of the CEO.
Prior to joining FS, Mr. Gerber was a member of the Board of Directors for FS Investments’ third fund, FS Investment Corporation II, and practiced law at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group.
Mr. Gerber has a long history of public service. He currently serves as Chair of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees the $739 billion Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The TSP is the country’s largest defined contribution plan, serving more than 6.5 million civilian and uniformed federal employees and their beneficiaries. He previously served eight years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and six years as a trustee of Pennsylvania’s State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS), where he was a member of the Audit and Investment Committees. Earlier in his career, he served as legal counsel to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s transition team and as a law clerk for Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Most recently, Mr. Gerber advised both Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s transition teams.
Mr. Gerber serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and is the Founding Chair of the Board of Philadelphia Financial Scholars, a high school-focused financial literacy and entrepreneurship program. Mr. Gerber also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Equity Alliance.
Mr. Gerber earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated cum laude from Villanova University School of Law, where he received a scholarship award for his involvement in community legal services.
Mr. Gerber lives with his wife and three children in the Philadelphia suburbs.