Jeff Drobny

Experience, Education, Interests

About Jeff Drobny

Jeff Drobny serves as a principal and a chief investment officer of fixed income trading activity with Black River Asset Management, an investment company with 13 offices in 11 countries. The firm serves institutional investors, including pensions, endowments, and sovereign wealth funds. In his position at Black River Asset Management, Jeff Drobny manages hedge fund businesses related to commodities, fixed income arbitrage, and equity relative value.

Jeff Drobny received his bachelor of arts in economics and philosophy from Union College in Schenectady, New York, before moving on to complete his master of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Upon completing his education, he joined Cargill, Black River Asset Management's parent company, in 1994.

Mr. Drobny is active in many organizations including the Edina Education Fund. His contributions sponsored a number of grants that support technology and performing arts. Other interests include Italian history, golf, and travel.

Jeff Drobny’s Contributions Enhance School Media Centers

Jeff Drobny’s significant contributions to the Edina Education Fund have, among other projects, assisted in renovation of existing school media centers. Over the past two decades, the fund has funneled $4 million into upgrading equipment, instruction, and curriculum enrichment for the children of the Edina Public Schools in Edina, Minnesota. Jeff Drobny, a principal in the Minneapolis offices of Black River Asset Management, LLC, continues his support of the Edina Education Fund and numerous other nonprofit organizations in Minnesota and beyond.

Edina’s media centers strive to offer students access to a wide range of high-quality resources to help them broaden and deepen their understanding of material covered in the classroom. Education professionals understand that well-equipped school media centers, staffed by active professionals, correlate strongly with higher student achievement on standardized tests. Media centers that offer strong and diverse collections of books and other resources, and whose librarians take leading instructional roles, allow students to explore multiple areas of academic and personal interest. As today’s schools focus more and more on teaching beyond the textbook, maintaining a variety of challenging materials in an attractive and comfortable environment has become an imperative for districts across the country.

Kellogg School of Management Announces Its Highest Average GMAT Score

A former resident of Scottsdale, AZ, Jeff Drobny recently formed Garda Capital Partners in Minneapolis, MN, where he serves as managing partner. With more than 20 years of financial services experience behind him, Jeffrey “Jeff” Steven Drobny earned his master of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

In 2015, the Kellogg School of Management announced that its current two-year MBA program enrollment included the highest percentage of women ever at 43 percent, up five points from 2014. The school also reported its highest-ever average GMAT score for incoming students, at 724. If other colleges’ average scores remain constant, Kellogg’s 2015 score would rank it fourth highest of any US school. In 2014, Stanford boasted the highest average GMAT score for a US school, with a 732 average.

Achieving an eight-point increase in one year is not common, according to Kellogg. Other prominent schools have increased their scores about the same amount over a five-year period.

Edina Education Fund Wins STEM Grant From Dow Chemical

With a residence in Scottsdale, AZ, Jeffrey “Jeff” Drobny is the managing partner and chief investment officer of Garda Capital Partners. Currently based in Minneapolis, MN, Jeff Drobny enjoys supporting various charities, including the Edina Education Fund, which benefits the Edina Public School District.


The Edina Education Fund was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Dow Chemical Company Foundation. The funds will be divided among three district programs: the Edina High School Robotics Team 1816, Project Lead the Way, and the Curriculum Resources Program.

Since 2005, over 130 students have boosted their STEM skills by participating in the Edina High School Robotics team. The grant funding will enable them to collaborate with industry professionals in designing robots and competing in regional events. Project Lead the Way also has a STEM focus, offering hands-on engineering activities to 7 through 12 graders. The Curriculum Resources Program will use its portion of the funding to invite experts to speak on science and technology topics.

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