Mr. Gates is a TPG Partner and focuses on TSSP's and TPG's capital formation and strategic initiatives. Mr. Gates is also a member of TPG's Management Committee. Prior to joining TPG in 1995, Mr. Gates was a partner and Executive Vice President of Starwood Capital Group, L.P., a real estate investment firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut. Mr. Gates worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs and served as an Executive Director in its London office beginning in 1987. Prior to 1984, Mr. Gates was associated with the Tax Division of Arthur Andersen LLP in Chicago, specializing in corporate and partnership taxation. Mr. Gates was admitted to the state bars of Illinois and Indiana after graduating with honors from Indiana University School of Law. He received a B.S., with distinction, from DePauw University. Mr. Gates is the Founder and President of the Alopecia Areata Initiative.