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Senior Management and Group Heads

Catherine M. Keating | President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonfund

Catherine Keating joined Commonfund in 2015 as President and CEO. Prior to Commonfund, Catherine was the Head of Investment Management Americas at J.P. Morgan, responsible for overseeing one of the largest providers of investment management services with more than $700 billion in client assets. In addition to her Investment Management responsibilities, she held several firmwide positions, including member of the Management Committee for JPMorgan Chase Bank; Co-chair of the Firmwide Fiduciary Risk Committee; director of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation; and executive sponsor of the firm’s Women’s Interactive Network. Catherine was previously the CEO of United States Private Banking at J.P. Morgan.  Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 1996, Catherine was a Partner in the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. She is a frequent author and speaker on investment and wealth planning topics, and has been featured in interviews appearing in Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The Financial Times, and Institutional Investor, among others, and has appeared on CNBC, Fox and Bloomberg TV.  She has been named one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking by US Banker and one of the Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker. In addition to her professional activities, Catherine is a member of the boards of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, the Inner-City Scholarship Fund and Santander Holdings USA, Inc. She also served for eleven years on the board of Villanova University, including two years as Chair. She earned a J.D. from  the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. from Villanova University.

 Catherine M. Keating | President and Chief Executive Officer



​Gail Burlant | Chief Human Resources Officer

Gail Burlant joined Commonfund in 2012 as Chief Human Resources Officer. In this capacity, she is responsible for executing Commonfund’s business and strategic plan from a human capital perspective.   Gail leads Commonfund’s human resources practice to develop talent and leverage it effectively for consistency with our business strategy and plans for growth while overseeing all other human resources functions and facilities management.  Gail serves as a member of the Commonfund Senior Executive Group. Prior to Commonfund, Gail was Executive Vice President, Head of Human Resources, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at HDG Mansur Capital Group. Prior to joining HDG, Gail spent 12 years with HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. where she was Head of Human Resources and Associate General Counsel.  Gail earned a BA/BS degree in English and Political Science from Boston College and a JD from George Washington University.

Peter M. Burns | President of Commonfund Capital, Inc.

Peter Burns  joined Commonfund Capital in 1998.  His responsibilities include oversight of due diligence, manager selection and investment management for the firm’s private capital Primary, Secondary, Co-investment, and Distressed capital programs.  Mr. Burns is a member of the Investment Committee of Commonfund Capital and  member of the Investment Policy and Operating Committees of Commonfund Group.  He has 25 years of investment, corporate finance and lending experience.  Prior to joining Commonfund in 1998, Mr. Burns worked as a Vice President of Taglich Brothers, a New York based investment bank and brokerage firm.  Prior to this he was an associate in the Leveraged Funding Group of Heller Financial.  He is presently a member of the advisory boards of several private capital limited partnerships, including those managed by: Atlas Venture Partners, Audax Group, Insight Capital Partners, Kodiak Venture Partners, Novak Biddle Venture Partners, SAIF, Siris Capital and Summit Partners.  Mr. Burns received a B.A. in Economics from St. Lawrence University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from Columbia Business School.

Sarah E. Clark | Managing Director, Head of the Strategic Solutions Group

Sarah Clark leads the team of investment professionals that advise, implement and monitor outsourced investment solutions for over 80 nonprofit clients representing more than $7 billion in assets.  Before managing the Strategic Solutions group, Sarah was a portfolio manager in Commonfund’s fixed income team, responsible for portfolio construction and manager due diligence. Prior to joining Commonfund in 2000, Sarah was a Vice President at Schroder Investment Management North America, where she was a member of the Fixed Income Investment Strategy Group and was responsible for marketing and client servicing fixed income products. She has over 25 years investment experience, eight years at investment management firms —Bankers Trust Company and Glickenhaus & Co. and eight years at consulting companies— Asset Strategy Consulting and InterSec Research Corp. She received an A.B. from Lafayette College.  Sarah currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Miss Porters School. 



A.Nicholas De Monico | Interim Chief Investment Officer of Commonfund and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonfund Hedge Fund Strategies Group

Nick De Monico is the interim Chief Investment Officer of Commonfund, and Chief Executive Officer of the Hedge Fund Strategies Group. As head of the Hedge Fund Strategies group he is responsible for investment and business leadership for hedge fund portfolios, including funds and separate accounts in directional and relative value strategies. Prior to joining Commonfund in 2002, Nick was Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Citigroup Alternative Investments, where he was on the management team responsible for $2 billion in hedge fund investments for eight diversified multi-strategy and single-strategy funds. From 1991-2001, he was Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager for CDC Investment Management Corp., a subsidiary of CDC IXIS North America where he managed mortgage hedge positions and relative value trading strategies for eight mortgage backed securities funds with approximately $2 billion in assets. Nick also built and managed the CDC Global Relative Value Fund, and was the Executive Vice President supervising Proprietary Trading and Treasury for CDC Capital.  From 1983 – 1991, Nick was a Senior Proprietary Trader in the fixed income arbitrage groups at Merrill Lynch and Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase).  He began his trading career as a fixed income arbitrage trader at Kidder, Peabody & Co. Nick earned his M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia College.  

 A.Nicholas De Monico | Chief Executive Officer of Hedge Fund Strategies


William F. Jarvis | Executive Director, Commonfund Institute

Bill Jarvis is responsible for the Institute’s research, written analysis and client publications. A financial services executive and attorney, Bill has worked with J.P. Morgan, where he spent 13 years as an investment banker in New York and Tokyo; Greenwich Associates, where he advised leading investment management firms and led the fielding of the first Commonfund Benchmarks Study; and Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he provided legal advice to global banks and securities firms. Prior to joining Commonfund in 2006, Bill served as Chief Operating Officer of a privately-held hedge fund manager based in New York City. Bill holds a B.A. in English Literature from Yale University, a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law, and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

John S. Griswold | Executive Director, Commonfund Institute


Brett A. Lane | Managing Director and Head of Business Development

Brett Lane manages Commonfund’s Business Development effort which provides a range of traditional and alternative investment solutions to institutional clients and their consultants across endowment, foundations, as well as public and corporate pension plans, registered investment advisors and family offices as well as sovereign wealth funds. Prior to overseeing Business Development, Brett was with Commonfund’s Hedge Fund Strategies Group where he oversaw business development, investor relations, and product development.
Before joining Commonfund in 2012, Brett spent five years at HSBC where he was the Americas Head of Sales & Marketing for HSBC Alternative Investments and Alternative Investments Product Manager for the Americas. Prior to HSBC, he was a Senior Vice President with Mercantile Alternative Investments, a division of Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Company in Baltimore, Maryland where he oversaw alternative investment products and distribution including a proprietary registered fund of hedge fund family. Prior, Brett held various institutional distribution and consulting roles at Credit Suisse First Boston and BT Alex. Brown. Brett has been published in both The Daily Record and On Wall Street, has been quoted on the topic of hedge funds in publications such as Buyside Magazine, Barron's, and Business Week, and speaks frequently at industry conferences on the topic of alternative investments. He holds numerous securities licenses and received a B.A. from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia.

Jeffrey T. Long, CFA | Managing Director and Head of Equities

Jeff Long oversees all aspects of the marketable equity investment programs, including investment strategy, portfolio management, due diligence and manager selection. Prior to joining Commonfund in 2004, Jeff was Managing Director, Associate Director of Equity Research for Citigroup Asset Management since 2002. He managed equity research analysts covering more than 600 companies globally through quantitative systematic, traditional growth and value, and research analyst driven strategies. Before joining Citigroup in 1998 as a Senior Equity Analyst, Jeff was Vice President, Senior Equity Analyst for J. P. Morgan Securities, Inc. in New York. Earlier, he was Vice President, Head of Financial Advisory for J. P. Morgan Australia, Ltd. in Melbourne, Australia and also held positions with Morgan Guaranty Trust Company in Seoul, Korea and New York. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds a B.S., Applied Mathematics and Economics from Brown University and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Jeffrey T. Long, CFA | Managing Director and Head of Equities



Keith W. Luke | President, Commonfund Securities, Inc.

Keith Luke is responsible for management and oversight of client service and sales.  He is President of Commonfund Securities, Inc., our registered broker-dealer subsidiary, and is also responsible for managing Commonfund's corporate marketing and strategic planning and serves as a member of the Commonfund Senior Executive Group. Prior to joining Commonfund in 1999, Keith was a Vice President at Citibank, holding a number of marketing and planning positions in The Private Bank and Corporate Bank. Prior to Citibank, he was with HSBC USA (formerly Marine Midland Bank) in corporate finance and investment banking. Keith earned a B.A. in Economics at Duke University and an M.B.A. in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business.

 Keith W. Luke | Managing Director and Group Head, Strategic Planning and Communications

Donald T. Pascal | Chief Executive Officer, Commonfund Capital, Inc.

Don Pascal is Chief Executive Officer of Commonfund Capital, overseeing all private capital and distressed capital programs, with which has managed over $14 billion of private capital commitments from investors since inception. In that capacity, he supervises a total staff of 50.  He is a member of the Investment Committee of Commonfund Capital. Don has 31 years of direct private capital and multi-manager investment experience, including sourcing, negotiating, and monitoring direct investments. Prior to joining Commonfund Capital in 1998, Don worked at Victory Ventures LLC, Noel Group, Inc. and The Prospect Group, Inc., all private capital funds organized by Louis Marx, Jr. Previously, he worked at E.M. Warburg Pincus & Co. and Strategic Planning Associates. Don is presently a member of the advisory boards of several private capital limited partnerships, including those managed by: Accel Partners, Bridgepoint Capital, IDG-Accel, Legend Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Northern Light, and Greylock Israel. He is also a member of the Investment Committee for The Hotchkiss School. Don received a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University.

Alec C. Rapaport | Managing Director,  Head of Fixed Income and Commodities

Alec Rapaport oversees all aspects of the fixed income, distressed debt and commodities investment programs including investment strategy, portfolio management, due diligence and manager selection. Prior to joining Commonfund in 2000, Alec was Director of Fixed Income and Currency Research at Evaluation Associates, an investment consulting firm. At Evaluation Associates, he was responsible for the oversight of domestic and global fixed income, emerging markets debts and currency asset classes. Alec conducted asset allocation studies, manager due diligence and manager searches for Evaluation Associates’ clients. He received his A.B. in Economics from Vassar College and his M.B.A. in Finance with a concentration in International Studies from NYU Stern School of Business.

 Alec C. Rapaport | Managing Director,  Head of Fixed Income and Commodities



Sharad Samy | General Counsel

Sharad Samy joined Commonfund in 2015 as General Counsel.  Prior to Commonfund, he was the General Counsel of Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC, a global hedge fund with $22 billion assets under management at its peak, including its registered investment advisor and broker-dealer subsidiaries.  Prior to joining Aladdin in 2005, Sharad was a partner of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP’s Financial Markets Group, based in London and New York.  Sharad has worked extensively in both London and New York and has covered cross-border transactions involving jurisdictions in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, for offerings in the United States and European capital markets.  From 1997 through 2008, he was a Judge Advocate for the U.S. Army Reserve, having served in the Horn of Africa in connection with Operation Enduring Freedom and leaving with the rank of Major.  In addition to his professional activities, Sharad is a member of the board of directors of A Better Chance, Darien and The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, and he is also the Judge Advocate for Post 6933 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Sharad received his J.D. from Columbia University Law School and his A.B. in Political Science from Columbia College, and he is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut and the State of New York. 

Michael H. Strauss | Chief Investment Strategist and Chief Economist

Michael Strauss joined Commonfund in 1998. Michael has more than 25 years of institutional financial services and investment experience. Previously, he held positions as a top-ranked chief economist and financial market strategist with Sanwa Securities, Yamaichi International (America) Inc., and UBS Securities. Michael received the Market News Forecaster Award as the most accurate "Wall Street" economist for 1997 and has been a speaker on CNN and CNBC and, over the years, has been quoted by Reuters, Dow Jones Capital Markets, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Barrons. He has been a faculty member at the Treasury Institute for Higher Education (TIHE), the Tax Institute for Colleges and Universities (TIFCU), and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Conference. He holds a B.S. degree with distinction from Cornell University and a M.B.A. with distinction from New York University.

  Michael H. Strauss | Chief Investment Strategist and Chief Economist


E. Lyndon Tefft | Chief Operating Officer

Lyndon Tefft joined Commonfund in 2003 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this capacity, he is responsible for the management and oversight of Commonfund's Information Technology, Operations and Corporate Accounting teams. Before joining the firm, Mr. Tefft spent five years serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the John W. Henry & Company, Inc. Prior to that, he spent over ten years with Harvard University and four years with Harvard Management Company. At Harvard Management Company, he led the development of an information technology infrastructure to support global investment and trading in equities, bonds, futures, swaps, currencies and closed end funds. He holds an M.B.A. from Wharton Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Industrial Management from Purdue University.

  E. Lyndon Tefft | Chief Operating Officer