Northwell Health's Portfolio Benefitting From Steady Increase To Alternative Assets | Michael Odlum, Senior Vice President | Q&A
Michael Odlum is senior vice president at Northwell Health, where he has managed the treasury group since September 2011, with oversight of $18 billion in investments. In this interview, he discussed the common expression "days cash on hand" and what it means for Northwell Health and other institutional investors; Northwell's success in increasing allocation to alternative asset classes; and why he believes Northwell had its best year of growth as a health system.
Employees' Retirement System of the State of Hawaii Focused On Portfolio Efficiency | CIO Elizabeth Burton | Q&A
Elizabeth Burton is the chief investment officer at the Employees' Retirement System of the State of Hawaii ("HIERS"), a $20 billion pension investment fund. In this interview, she emphasized the importance of attracting and retaining investment talent while being on an island; why the plan has adopted a more conservative investment approach; and how they're laser-focused on running an efficient system.
Vanderbilt University Confident About Venture Exposure Over Next 5-7 Years | Priti Mody, Investment Manager | Q&A
Priti Mody is an investment manager at Vanderbilt University. She has over 15 years of investing experience in private markets. In this interview, she discussed being part of Vanderbilt's new team tasked with revamping the investment program; how Vanderbilt made some inroads in building out their China venture portfolio; and which measures have had a tremendous impact on women in finance.
Ludwig Institute For Cancer Research Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary | Xing Chen, President & Chief Investment Officer | Q&A
Xing Chen is the president and chief investment officer of LICR Fund, Inc., the endowment of Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. LICR is an international research organization with a singular focus: preventing and controlling cancer. In this interview, he discussed how LICR developed their own institutional competitive edge; how they built one of the best performing hedge fund programs in their industry; and how the investment team is engaged in relentless pursuit of excellence in endowment investing.
Inside University of Rochester's Tenured Team, Culture | Rob Rahbari, Senior Investment Officer & Assistant Treasurer | Q&A
Rob Rahbari is a senior investment officer and assistant treasurer at the University of Rochester, which he joined in 2013. In this interview, he discussed the tenure and culture of the investment team at the University of Rochester; the robust opportunity set that venture capital presents; and their gradual approach to new areas such as biotechnology.
Group Health Foundation On Track To A More Actively Managed Portfolio | Peng Wang, Managing Director of Investments | Q&A
Peng Wang is managing director of investments at Group Health Foundation, which he joined in 2019 following four years as head of portfolio research at TIAA Endowments. In this interview, he discussed how the Foundation has refined its flexible asset allocation framework; the team's efforts in making the portfolio 100 percent active; and their focus on innovation and inefficiencies in China and India.
Orange County Employees Retirement System Set For 20-Year Growth Trajectory | CIO Molly Murphy | Q&A
Molly Murphy is the chief investment officer at Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS), where she provides investment oversight to more than $17 billion of defined benefit pension plan assets. In this interview, she discussed how OCERS' generalist structure is different than their pension peers; the system's 20-year outlook for rapid growth; and how they're implementing software and technology solutions to their investment process.
Richard Chau is interim chief investment officer at Tulane University, where he has served since 2013. In this interview, Chau shares his views on investment in China and the state of private equity markets, and explains how Tulane is building a network of alumni LPs through its analyst program.
State of New Jersey Views Private Markets Allocation As Return Enhancer | Jared Speicher, Head of Private Equity & Private Credit | Q&A
Jared Speicher is the head of private equity and private credit for the $75+ billion pension plan for the State of New Jersey. In this interview, he discussed how their increased allocation to private markets is a performance enhancer, how investors can benefit from riding out short-term market volatility, and the importance of risk-mitigating strategies to help preserve capital during market drawdowns.
Mass General Brigham Puts Returns To Work In Fight Against COVID-19 | Lisa Vazquez, Portfolio Manager | Q&A
Lisa Vazquez is a portfolio manager at the Mass General Brigham Investment Office, an integrated academic health care system formerly known as Partners HealthCare. In this interview, Vazquez tells us how Mass General Brigham's investment team responded to the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, how her team gains access to top-tier managers, and why she thinks mentorship is key to enhancing diversity and inclusion in institutional investment.