Top 30 Women Chief Investment Officers
Trusted Insight’s Top 30 Women Chief Investment Officers introduces the most influential women in institutional investing today. We looked across endowments, foundations, family offices, pension funds, insurance companies and corporations to find the leading CIOs, who also happen to be women. Heading up billion-dollar institutions, these CIOs are fundamental in shaping the future of the long-term investment industry. Gain insights from a top woman chief investment officer on diversity in institutional investing at Trusted Insight Alpha Conference 2017.
As chief investment officer, Kim Y. Lew is responsible for the investment management and oversight of the Corporation’s endowment. Prior to joining the Corporation, Ms. Lew spent seven years as senior manager of private equity for the Ford Foundation. In this role, she was responsible for managing the foundation’s investments in venture capital and buyout funds. Additionally, she managed the distribution portfolio and explored new areas of alternative investing.
Anne Martin is the chief investment officer at Wesleyan University. Prior to this role, Anne was director at Yale's Investment Office, where she focussed on natural resources and private equity, and a general partner at Rosewood Capital, where she specialised in internet, software and business service investments. She is a graduate of Smith College and holds an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Dhvani Shah is the chief investment officer of Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, a pension fund with $34.9 billion assets under management. Previously, Shah was the managing director of private equity of the $89.9 billion New York State Teachers' Retirement System. Shah has a BBA from Loyola University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Dina Richard has been chief investment officer, senior vice president of treasury and treasurer at Trinity Health Corporation since December 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 a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She is also a certified public accountant.
Since 2008, Chief Investment Officer Adele Gorrilla has managed the endowment of Denison University’s, a small liberal arts college located in Granville, Ohio. Gorrilla is the school's first chief investment officer, and she currently manages $815 in assets. The New Orleans native previously held positions at Goldman Sachs and the University of Minnesota Foundation, where she served as director of investments for five years. Gorrilla holds a B.S. in Economics, Finance and Management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Pamela Peedin is the chief investment officer at Dartmouth's Investment Office, with $3.7B assets under management. Prior to this role, Pamela served as chief investment officer at Boston University, and a managing director at Cambridge Associates. She has a degree in Pyschology from Dartmouth University, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business.
Betty Tse is the chief investment officer at Alameda County Employees Retirement Association (ACERA) in California. Tse assumed the role in 2002 after being an investment officer at ACERA for three years. She was also ACERA’s first CIO. Prior to her, the investment department was managed by the CEO. Tse was originally from Hong Kong, China. She graduated from Golden Gate University in San Francisco with a bachelor's degree in Accounting, and then earned an MBA from the California State University, East Bay.
Patricia Steeve O'Neil is assistant vice president, chief investment officer and treasurer of Rush University Medical Center, which has more than $2B in assets under management. Previously, Steeves O'Neil was managing director at Bank of America. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Mount Holyoke College and a master's in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan.
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Kathy Vogelsang is chief investment officer at Van Andel Institute. Previously, Vogelsang was vice president, senior portfolio manager at Fifth Third Bank and investment manager at JVA Enterprises, a single family office. Vogelsang holds a B.B.A. in finance and an MBA from Grand Valley State University. Vogelsang is a chartered financial analyst.
Mauricia Geissler is chief investment officer at Amherst College. Prior to this role, Mauricia was director of public market investments at Lucent Asset Management, and senior vice president of institutional product strategy and development at Putnam Investments. She has a B.A. in Finance and Investments from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Business.
Since 2013, Ellen Ellison has served as chief investment officer for University of Illinois Foundation. Previously, Ellison served as executive director of investments at University of Miami and chief investment officer at JIK Investment Services, a family office. Ellison holds an A.B. in french literature and theatre from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Columbia University. Ellison is a CFA charter holder.
Mary Cahill is the chief investment officer of Emory University, overseeing a $7-billion investments portfolio of all endowment, trust, operating, and employee benefit funds of the University and related medical facilities. Prior to joining Emory, Cahill was deputy chief investment officer of Xerox Corporation and Xerox Canada pension plan. Cahill has 30 years of investment experience with prior positions in the Virginia Retirement System, SmithKline, BellSouth and Merck pension plans. Cahill has an MBA specializing in Finance from St. John’s University.
Elizabeth Hewitt is the chief investment officer at Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Prior to this role, Elizabeth was managing director of public investments and senior vice president of Lazard Asset Management. Elizabeth holds degrees from the University of St Andrews and Hamilton College.
Allison Thacker is president and chief investment officer at the Rice University Management Company, managing a $5.6 billion endowment fund and the University’s $968 million of debt. Previously, Thacker was managing director and portfolio manager at RS Growth Group and an analyst at Putnam Investments. Thacker holds a B.A. in Economics from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Sally Staley is the chief investment officer of Case Western Reserve University’s $2 billion endowment. She joined the university's investment office in 2002 and became CIO in 2006. She began her financial career in international bond market research and sales with Salomon Brothers and Merrill Lynch and transitioned to investment management at the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. Sally later worked as senior consultant with the investment management consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She holds a M.A in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. from The College of Wooster.
Alice Ruth is the chief investment officer at Willett Advisors LLC, which manages the philanthropic assets of Michael R. Bloomberg. Ruth received a bachelor of arts in Economics from Dartmouth College. Previously, Ruth was a managing principal and chief investment officer at Quadrangle Asset Management.
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.
Vicki Fuller is the chief investment officer of the NYS Office of the State Comptroller. Prior to this role, she spent twenty-five years as managing director of AllianceBernstein. She has a degree in Philosophy and Accounting from Roosevelt University, and an MBA in International Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago.
Sally Dungan is the chief investment officer of Tufts University since 2002, managing the university's endowment. Prior to this role, Dungan served as the director of pension fund management for Siemens Corporation and the senior investment officer of public markets of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board of Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She also had worked for other firms in the securities industry. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Dungan holds a B.A. in French Literature from Pomona College and an M.A. in Intercultural Communication from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
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.
Gloria Reeg is the senior vice president and chief investment officer at New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP), overseeing NYP’s $5-billion investment program, including endowments and retirement assets. Prior to joining the hospital in 2007, Reeg served as the treasurer and chairman of the investment committee for the $2-billion Casey Family Programs foundation. Reeg holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
May Ng is vice president and chief investment officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Previously, Ng served as director of public market investments for the foundation, director at George Washington University Investment Office and director at United Way of America. Ng holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Williams College and an MPA from Princeton University.
Molly Mercy is the chief investment officer at Mercy Health, with $5B assets under management. Prior to this role, Molly was chief investment officer at Seasongood Asset Management and portfolio manager and trust officer at Fifth Third Asset Management. She is a CFA and holds an MBA from Xavier University's School of Business Administration, and a B.S. in Finance from Miami University. Alongside her business commitments, Molly is also board member and investment committee member at Interact For Health Foundation and an investment committee member at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Natalie Meyenn is the chief investment officer and head of the U.S. market of MLC Private Equity, an Australia-based private equity firm with global exposure. She has been in this role since 2007. Meyenn studies Economics and Finance at Harvard University Graudate School and attended the Australian National University.
Judy Kerns is the chief investment officer for the Foundation of the Carolinas, with $1.6B assets under management.
Deborah Spalding is the chief investment officer at the Office of the Treasurer. She is also a lecturer in forest and ecosystem finance at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to this, she was a managing partner at Working Lands Investment Partners and an executive vice president at Schroder Investment Management. Deborah has a MF in Forestry from Yale University, an MBA from University of California, Berkeley, an MTS from Harvard University, and a BA in International Relations and Asian Studies from Tufts University.
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