Rick Gerson is a friend of Jared Kushner and a New York hedge fund manager who collaborated with Kirill Dmitriev during the transition period on a U.S.-Russia relations plan.
Gerson worked with the head of the sanctioned Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and close Putin ally, Kirill Dmitriev, to produce and advance a U.S.-Russia reconciliation proposal. Dmitriev consolidated their proposal and on January 18, 2017, Gerson gave a copy of the document to Kushner, who later passed it on to Steve Bannon and Rex Tillerson. Dmitriev indicated that his work on the proposal was cleared by Putin, and that his “boss”—an apparent reference to Putin—asked for “feedback on the proposal.” Gerson was introduced to Dmitriev by UAE national security advisor George Nader in late November 2016, and the two men collaborated on the plan throughout December and January of 2017. Dmitriev also consulted Gerson about who he should meet with in Trump’s incoming administration to further his goal of “improved economic cooperation” between the US and Russia. Gerson and Dmitriev appeared to stop communicating in March 2017, when a proposed investment deal failed to progress.