Devon McCourt


Devon (Naftzger) McCourt '16 S15 is a Vice President at the merchant bank BDT & MSD Partners, where she is responsible for transaction analysis and execution of both investments and family office-focused advisory assignments. Prior to joining BDT & MSD in 2018, Devon worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in New York City, where she focused on financial sponsors’ leveraged buyouts across industries.

Devon is the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of The Preface Project for childhood literacy and serves on the Boards of the American Friends of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (AFRPO) and the Princeton Faith and Work Initiative (FWI). Devon earned an A.B in Politics from Princeton University, graduating cum laude.

Devon has played the violin and viola since age 5 and has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Met, Millennium Park, Aspen Music Festival, Union Station (in D.C. alongside world-famous violinist, Joshua Bell), and at notable venues while on tour in China, South Korea, Ireland, and Germany. She is a National YoungArts Foundation winner and has appeared as a soloist on NPR’s show From the Top, having received numerous awards for her solo and string quartet performances. Devon currently lives in Chicago with her husband and two toy-sized shih tzus.