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Top 30 Most Influential Women In University Endowments

Institutional Investing may be overrun by men, but that doesn't take away from the fact that some of the most influential decision makers in the industry are women. We researched the who's who of university endowments and came up with a power list of 30 investment Chief Investment Officers and Directors. These 30 women manage a combined $136 billion invested by America’s top university endowments each year. Introducing the most powerful female investment managers in U.S. university endowments. Hear from top women institutional investors at Trusted Insight Alpha Conference 2017.  

Maria L. Robinson

Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer

The Texas A&M University System

Maria L. Robinson is the Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of The Texas A&M University System, which has more than $11 billion in assets under management. Show more

Kim is the Chief Investment Officer at Washington University Investment Management Company (WUIMC) and oversees the investment of the endowment and other assets which total over $7 billion. Her responsibilities include developing the endowment’s overall investment philosophy, establishing a strategic asset policy and selecting and managing outside investment managers. Kim joined WUIMC in 2006.

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Pamela Peedin was appointed Chief Investment Officer (CIO) on February 1, 2011. As CIO, Pam oversees Dartmouth’s Investment Office and the management of the College’s $3.4 billion endowment. She is a 1989 graduate of Dartmouth College and a 1998 graduate of the Tuck School of Business. Show more

Mary Cahill

Chief Investment Officer and Vice President of Investments

Emory University

As Vice President of Investments and Chief Investment Officer of Emory University, Mary oversees investments of all endowment, trust, operating, and employee benefit funds of the University and related medical facilities. Show more

Since 2005, Kathryn J. Crecelius, CFA, has served as chief investment officer at The Johns Hopkins University's $4B endowment. Crecelius holds a PhD in French literature from Yale University. Prior to Johns Hopkins, she was managing director for marketable alternative investments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Kathleen Jacobs is the Chief Investment Officer of New York University, which has more than $3.4 billion in assets under management. Prior to NYU, she was the Managing Director in the Office of Investments at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where she had a leading role in asset allocation and the selection of fund managers.

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Allison Thacker joined Rice University in 2011 as President of the Rice Management Company with the responsibility of managing a $5.6 billion endowment fund and the University’s $968 million of debt.

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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. Show more

Sally Staley joined the university in 2002 as associate treasurer and became chief investment officer in March 2006. She holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster, where she currently serves as a trustee and investment committee member.

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Debby Kuenstner is the Chief Investment Officer of Wellesley College, which has more than $1.8 billion in assets under management. Before moving to Brandeis in 2007, Kuenstner was managing director of research for Fidelity Investments. 

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Collette Chilton works for Williams College Endowment. Before being named Chief Investment Officer of Williams College, Chilton served as president and CIO of Lucent Asset Management Corporation, where she was responsible for funds totaling more than $40 billion. Show more
Amy Falls was appointed as chief investment officer and vice president for investments at the Rockefeller University in 2011. Prior to the Rockefeller University, Falls was the chief investment officer for Phillips Academy (better known as Andover), which has endowment assets of nearly $800 million. Show more

Carrie Abildgaard is a Director in Yale University’s endowment investment office, which has $23.9 billion in assets under management. Carrie Abildgaard joined the YIO in 2004. She manages the Endowment’s fixed income assets and its pools of retirement assets. 

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Amy Diamond has been Manager of Private Investments, Northwestern University since June 2000. Ms. Diamond has been Trustee of Fortress Registered Investment Trust since February 2006. Show more
Mauricia Geissler joined Amherst College in 2003 after holding senior investment positions for Lucent Technologies, Putnam Investments, and SEI Corporation. In her present position, she oversees all aspects of the $2 billion Amherst College endowment. She holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, and is involved in a number of community programs.  Show more

Lisa Howie is a Director in Yale University’s endowment investment office, which has $23.9 billion in assets under management. Lisa Howie joined the YIO in 2008. She focuses on the Endowment’s foreign equity investments, both marketable and private. 

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Alice E. Gould joined DUMAC in 2004 and oversees DUMACs private investment portfolio which includes venture capital, leveraged buyouts, real estate, and natural resources. Previously, she worked as a strategy consultant for technology-oriented businesses. Ms. Gould also spent ten years at IBM, where she managed product development, marketing and business planning. Show more

Harisha Koneru

Managing Director, Private Investments and Real Assets

Northwestern University Endowment

Harisha Koneru co-manages the Private Investments and Real Assets portfolios for Northwestern University’s $9.7B Endowment. Ms. Koneru is responsible for all aspects of these portfolios, which includes venture capital, buyout, real estate, natural resources and timber investments. Show more

Angelique Sellers is a Senior Director in Pennsylvania State University’s endowment investment office, which has $3.5 billion in assets under management. Ms. Sellers joined the Office of Investment Management at Penn State University in 2011. Previously, she was co-chief investment officer of Anchor Point Capital LLC, an investment management firm providing hedge fund of funds solutions to institutional clients. 

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Cynthia Nascimento is the Director of Investments at New York University’s endowment investment office, which has more than $3.4 billion in assets under management.

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Gloria Gil is a Managing Director at the University of California Office of the President, which has assets under management of $7.38 billion. Show more
Liza Scott joined Spider Management in 2009 and is a director focused on public equities and real estate. Prior to joining Spider Management, she was an associate at JP Morgan Investment Management in New York. Show more
Joanna is the managing director of the $1.1 billion private equity portfolio for the University’s endowment. Joanna joined the University 2001 as the manager of public equities. Joanna holds an MBA, cum laude, in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in business administration from the University of Kansas.  Show more
Abigail rejoined Williams College in September 2010 as an Investment Associate. From 2007 to 2008 Abigail worked in the Williams Investment Office in the role of Investment Analyst. Prior to working for Williams, Abigail worked as a Senior Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates, an investment consulting firm focused on providing investment advice to endowed non-profits. Show more
Pasy Wang, CFA, is a Director, Absolute Return Investments at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Investment Office. Show more
Kristi Craig is the director of private markets at Georgetown University. She responsible for the endowment’s private equity, real estate, infrastructure and energy portfolios. Previously, Craig led business development for the Small Business Investor Alliance. She also served as senior investment officer in the Investment Division of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Craig serves on the Capital City Public Charter School Board of Trustees and is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Concord Hill School endowment. She earned a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University and is a CFA charter holder.  Show more
Rose Carpenter joined Wellesley College in September 2009 and serves as Managing Director. Before joining Wellesley, Rose was an associate at HarbourVest Partners where she focused on U.S. primary partnership investments. She had previously been a consultant at Investor Group Services (IGS) in Boston.  Show more
Julia joined the Investment Office in May 2014. From 2006 to April 2014, Julia was an investment officer at AI International, a NYC-based family office, where she was one of three investment professionals responsible for managing a multi-asset class portfolio with a significant allocation to alternative investments. Show more

McCall Cravens is SMU’s Managing Director of Investments. She is responsible for overseeing and making recommendations regarding outside managers in all asset classes, including long-only equity, fixed income and credit, diversifying strategies, private equity, venture capital, real estate, energy and timberland.

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