SAIA Officers

Jay Levesque, CFA - SAIA President

Director, Alternative Investment Research - Laird Norton Wealth Management

Jay Levesque is Filament’s Director of Investment Research and a member of the firm’s investment committee. Jay focuses on the sourcing, evaluation, and monitoring of investment managers and products across the capital markets spectrum and is actively involved in shaping the firm’s investment strategy, asset allocation, risk management and investment selection processes. Prior to joining Filament, Jay was an Associate on the Alternative Investments Team at J.P. Morgan in New York City where he focused on hedge fund due diligence. Jay received BS degrees (magna cum laude in Finance and Mathematical Sciences) from Oregon State University and he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Jay is a member of the Oregon State University College of Business Finance Circle.


Brian Hanson - SAIA Vice President

Senior VP, Institutional Advisory Group - Griffin Capital Securities, LLC

Brian has worked in the private wealth advisory community focused on registered investment advisors and family offices for more than 22 years. He was most recently employed as the Executive Director - iFunds Distribution with Mercury Capital Advisors. Prior to that he was Director of Business Development at Silver Creek Capital Management, a $7B AUM alternative investment manager. Prior to this, he spent nine years at BlackRock/Quellos Group, an alternative fund-of-funds manager, in both wealth advisory and investment management. Subsequent to this, he was the Chief Marketing Officer of Lake Union Capital Management, a long/short equity hedge fund, and earlier, Vice President of Business Development for SNW Asset Management, a fixed-income separate account manager. Brian holds a BA degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from the University of Washington. He is a board member of the Fulcrum Foundation and is a member of the Finance Committee at St. Joseph Catholic Parish.


Darren West – SAIA Treasurer

Director - PwC

Darren is a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Seattle assurance practice where he provides audit services to local asset management clients. He has worked in PwC’s asset management practice since graduating from the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accounting. Darren has worked in both the Seattle market, as well as internationally on rotation in PwC’s Sydney, Australia office within the financial services practice. Darren has experience serving domestic and offshore hedge funds, mutual funds, fund of hedge funds, collective trust funds, real estate funds, transfer agents and other associated asset management entities. Darren is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Washington State.


Sonia Gioseffi – SAIA Secretary

Partner - K&L Gates

Sonia works out of the San Francisco office of K&L Gates. She concentrates her practice in the investment management area and focuses on a variety of regulatory, transactional and counseling matters involving state and federal securities laws. She advises sponsors regarding the organization and regulatory requirements of private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds and other private investment funds. She advises managers and placement agents concerning “pay-to-play” and lobbying regulation and compliance under federal, state and local laws. She also represents public pension plans and other institutional investors in connection with their investments in private investment funds.