Melissa Dickerson

Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, Operations

Melissa Dickerson is the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, Operations of Genstar Capital, responsible for finance & accounting, regulatory compliance, risk management, technology and administration. She joined Genstar in 2004.

During her tenure at Genstar, Melissa has built out the firm’s operational infrastructure, as the firm grew from $200 million to $49 billion in assets under management. Concurrently, Genstar acquired and divested over 100 platform investments, and doubled its staff. Melissa has more than 20 years of middle-market private equity experience, with over 15 years served at Genstar Capital managing a number of teams as its Chief Financial Officer (current), Chief Compliance Officer (January 2012 to June 2019) and Managing Director of Operations (current).

In November 2019, the Wall Street Journal highlighted Melissa in “Top Female Deal Makers Shaping Private Equity’s Present & Future” as one of 17 women who rank among the private-equity industry’s leading senior and rising star deal makers. In June 2019, PitchBook featured Melissa in, “Yes, girls allowed: 5 women thriving in the male-dominated world of PE” as one of the “most powerful” women in private equity. In November 2018, Bold Business named Melissa one of the “Top Ten Women Business Leaders in Private Equity”. In December 2017, Mergers & Acquisitions highlighted Melissa as one of the 35 “Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A”.

Before Genstar, from 1999 to 2004, Melissa was the Controller of American Industrial Partners, a middle market private-equity firm focused on industrial businesses, where she was responsible for finance & accounting, risk management and administration.  Prior to AIP, Melissa worked at Deloitte as a Senior Accountant focused on businesses in the financial services industry, where she obtained her CPA license (currently inactive) in March 1999.

Melissa is a member of the American Investment Council’s (“AIC”) Board of Directors. The AIC is an advocacy and resource organization established to develop and provide information about the private investment industry and its contributions to the long-term growth of the U.S. economy and retirement security of American workers.

Melissa is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, an organization committed to ignite and accelerate change by addressing barriers, increasing access, and driving change for positive impact.


  • University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business, MBA
  • Vassar College, BA

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