Victory Park Capital (VPC), an investment firm focused on private middle market debt and equity investments, has appointed Upacala Mapatuna as chief investment officer. Upacala will bring more than 20 years of financial industry experience and over 15 years of investing experience to VPC.
“We have known Upacala for many years and are thrilled that she has chosen to join VPC’s leadership team. She is well-respected in our industry with proven investment acumen that will position us for continued success,” said Richard Levy, CEO and founder of VPC. “Upacala will be able to contribute immediately and we view her joining us as a validation of our investment strategy.”
As chief investment officer, Upacala will sit on VPC’s investment and management committees and be involved in overseeing VPC's current and future funds.
Upacala was previously a managing director at Goldman Sachs and a member of the Alternative Investments and Manager Selection group. In addition to her 12-year career at Goldman Sachs, Upacala has held various positions in the investment industry, including at Mill Road Capital, a private equity firm focused on investing in undervalued public market micro-cap companies, Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm, and Lazard Capital Partners, the private equity affiliate of Lazard. Upacala began her career at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.