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2016

Top 30 Female Limited Partners In Private Equity

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For the past few decades, institutional portfolios have made a slow, but monumental shift into alternative assets. Simultaneously, a new class of ambitious, highly intelligent women have achieved great success in institutional investing, an industry historically dominated by males. In honor of the convergence of these two mega-trends, Trusted Insight cordially presents The Top 30 Female LPs In Private Equity. Hear from a top woman chief investment officer on diversity in institutional investing at Trusted Insight Alpha Conference 2017.

Carol Larner

Vice President of Investments

Cox Enterprises

Carol Larner is vice president of investments for Cox Enterprises, where she is responsible for the investment management and oversight of Cox’s pension fund assets and the company’s 401(k) investment options. Larner joined Cox in 1996 and previously served as assistant vice president and assistant treasurer. Prior to Cox, she worked in corporate finance and trust finance at Southern Company. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and received dual degrees in business and economics from Oglethorpe University.

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Ellen Ellison has served as chief investment officer for University of Illinois Foundation since 2013. She has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector and was the former executive director of investments at the University of Miami. Ellison holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Dina Richard has been chief investment officer, senior vice president of treasury and treasurer at Trinity Health Corporation since December 01, 2014. Prior to joining Trinity Health, Richard served as vice president of investments for Taubman Ventures Management. Richard holds an MBA in finance and international business from Wayne State University in Detroit and BA in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She is also a certified public accountant.

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Elaine Chan

Senior Investment Manager

The Johnson Company

Elaine Chan is senior investment manager at The Johnson Company. Previously Chan was assistant investment manager and senior private equity investment analyst at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Chan holds a degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

 

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K.C. (McClelland) Krieger, CFA is managing director of investments at the Eli Broad Family Office. Previously, Krieger served as senior consulting associate at Cambridge Asscoiates. Krieger holds a B.A. in economics from Colby College.

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Christy Richardson is the director of private equity at the The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which manages more than $9 billion. Previously, she was partner at Thomas Weisel Partners, specializing in private equity. Richardson holds a BA in economics from Dartmouth College.

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Elizabeth Sexworth is the chief investment officer at RGK Foundation, which has $139 million in assets under management. Previously, Elizabeth co-founded Exeter Financial, was a member of the Wealth Management Investment Committee at Friedman Billings & Ramsey, and was the national chief investment officer of JP Morgan Private Client Services. Elizabeth holds a BBA in Finance from Baylor University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Nicole Belytschko is managing director of CM Capital, where she manages a multi-asset class portfolio and a global private equity fund-of-funds portfolio for the Palo Alto-based family office. Previously, Belytschko was an investment officer at Comprehensive Financial Management and an analyst in private equity at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Belytschko holds a BA in english from University of California Snata Barbara and an MBA from University of California Los Angeles.

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Svenja Becker

Senior Investment Manager

Extorel

Svenja Becker has a long standing private equity background at Extorel GmbH, a Munich, Germany based family office.

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Catherine Abely is the investment director at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which has $3.8 billion in assets under management. Catherine holds a BS in Accounting from Providence College.

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Melissa Richlen is the manager of private equities at MacArthur Foundation, which has $6.47B in assets under management. Previously she was the marketing associate at Foothill Capital Corporation. Richlen holds a BA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MBA from Northwestern University.

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Joan Thowsen is the director of investments at the University of Michigan, which has $11.7 billion in assets under management.

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Anne Martin is the chief investment officer at Wesleyan University, which manages $838.8 million. Previously, Martin served as investment director at Yale University managing private equity and real assets. Prior to joining Yale, Martin was a general partner of private equity firm Rosewood Capital in San Francisco, California and a managing director at Alex Brown. Martin is a graduate of Smith College, cum laude, and holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School.

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Amanda Upton joined The Hillman Company, a single-family office, in 2013 as an investment manager. Before joining Hillman, she was an associate with the private equity investment team at Morgan Creek Capital Management in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and was an Analyst in the leveraged finance group of Wachovia Securities. Upton holds a BSBA in finance and business administration from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Alyssa Rieder

Chief Investment Officer, Vice President

Dignity Health

Alyssa Rieder is the vice president, chief investment officer at Dignity Health. Previously, she was the investment officer at the University of California. Rieder holds a BA in quantitative economics from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Shirley Hay

Vice President, Investments

Trinity Health

Shirley Hay is the vice president of investments at Trinity Health, which has $20.4 billion in assets under management. Previously, Hays was the director of alternative investments at CHE Trinity Health. Hay holds a BBA in finance from the University of Michigan, and an MBA in finance from the University of Detroit Mercy.

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Julie Vollenweider

Managing Director of Private Markets

Emory University

Julie Vollenweider is the managing director of private markets at Emory University, which has over $7 billion in assets under management. Previously, Julie was the director of investment administration and director of fiscal planning and management for Emory University. Julie holds a BA in Economics from Emory University.

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Jennifer Sassani

Director of Alternative Investments

Lehigh University

Jennifer Sassani serves as Lehigh University's Endowment fund director of alternative investments. She oversees the endowment's $2 billion private equity and private real assets investments, which includes real estate, timber and commodities. She also functions as the Chief Operating Officer of the Investment Office. Previously, Sassani was the co-director of alternative investments for the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System. Sassani holds a BSBA from Shippensburg University and a MSBA from Bucknell University.

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Deborah Shufrin is the director of investments at Brandeis University, which has $860 million in assets under management. Previously, Deborah served as the senior vice president at The Initiative for Competitive Inner City, a director and equity analyst at MFS Investment Management, and a credit analyst at Morgan Stanley. Deborah holds BA in Economics from Brandeis University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

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Anne Dinneen

Chief Investment Officer

Hamilton College

Anne Dinneen is chief investment officer at Hamilton College, which has $922 million in assets under management. Previously, Dinneen was the director of investments at the James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco. Dinneen holds a BA degree in economics from Princeton University, and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Joanna Rupp is the assistant vice president and managing director of the private equity portfolio for the University of Chicago Endowment, which has $1.1 billion in assets under management. Previously, Joanna was a vice president with Security Capital Markets Group and an associate at Goldman Sachs. Deborah holds a BS in Business Administration from The University of Kansas and a MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Carrie Thome is the director of investments at Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which has $6B in assets under management. Previously, Thome was an investment officer at State of Wisconsin Investment Board. Thome holds an MS in Finance and a BBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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Renee Hanna is the director of investments at Baylor University. She is responsible for private equity and real asset investments at the University’s Endowment, which manages more than $1 billion. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Renee was an associate investment analyst at Lee Financial Corporation, a multi-family investment office. Hanna received her BBA from Baylor University, graduating cum laude, and holds the chartered financial analyst designation.

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Melissa Lopez is the director of investments at the James Irvine Foundation, which has $2B in assets under management. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a senior research analyst with Wetherby Asset Management. Lopez holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BA in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Kimberly Woods is director of private markets at IAM National Pension, which manages more than $10.9 billion. Previously, Woods served as senior investment advisor at UMWA Health and Retirement Funds. Woods holds a BSBA in finance from American University.

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Katharine Wyatt

Director, Trust Investments

Abbott Laboratories

Katharine Wyatt is director of trust investments for Abbott Laboratories 401k and pension plan, which manages more than $12 billion. Previously, Wyatt was a research analyst at Leavitt Capital Management. Wyatt holds a BA and masters in finance, investment and banking from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Wyatt is a chartered financial analyst.

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Helen Fox-O'Brien is the managing director at The Church Pension Fund, which has $9B in assets under management. Previously, Fox-O'Brien held financial management positions at Exxon Corporation. Fox-O'Brien holds a BA in economics from Newton College of the Sacred Heart, and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Amy Jensen is the investment director of Northwest Area Foundation, which has $424M in assets under management. Previously, Jensen was the portfolio manager for Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. She holds a BA in economics and communication studies from Macalester College, and a master's in public affairs from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

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Tereza Trivell

Senior Investment Officer for Alternative Investments

United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund

Tereza Trivell is the senior investment officer for alternative investments at the Investment Management Division of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, which actively manages over $46 billion of pension fund assets. Ms. Trivell’s responsibility is to manage and invest approximately 6% of the fund’s assets in alternative investments including private equity and hedge funds. Prior to joining UNJSPF in May 2010, Ms. Trivell was a vice president with Siguler Guff & Company where she managed the Firm’s advisory investment activities and accumulated more than 12 years of private equity and hedge fund investment experience. Ms. Trivell holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Economics from Hunter College, City University of New York.

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