Rainier Partners, a Seattle-based, lower-middle-market private equity firm, has hired Dave Shephard as director of portfolio operations.

As Rainier’s first director of portfolio operations, Shephard will be working on accelerating Rainier’s portfolio companies’ growth strategies, with a focus on value creation and partnership. Shephard brings approximately a decade of experience in strategy and operational roles. Prior to Rainier, Shephard spent six years at Bain & Co., where he managed teams focused on private equity due diligence and strategic challenges for companies across consumer, technology and industrial sectors. Earlier than that, he served as a combat arms officer in the U.S. Army where he held several strategic, operational and leadership positions.

“I am proud to be joining Rainier during an exciting time of the firm’s expansion, and I look forward to playing a role in the success of the firm and its portfolio companies,” comments Shephard. “Rainier’s relationship-first approach and working hand-in-hand with management teams is in perfect alignment with my leadership style. Rainier is an extraordinary firm, and I am excited to work alongside a world-class team of leaders.”