Youlia Rowland is the founding member and portfolio manager of Proxima. Prior to founding Proxima in June 2004, Youlia worked as an analyst for Stonehill Investment Corp. Previously, Youlia spent approximately three years as an analyst at Third Point Management, where she focused on special situation investments and risk-arbitrage. She began her career in the Investment Banking division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Youlia graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Management & Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelor of Economics degree from the Wharton School, with concentrations in Finance and Management, and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering & Applied Science, as well as a minor in Mathematics. She was named one of the rising stars of the hedge fund industry in 2010 by Institutional Investor Magazine, one of tomorrow’s titans in 2014 by The Hedge Fund Journal and one of the 50 leading women in hedge funds in 2015 by The Hedge Fund Journal.