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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 and BusinessWeek 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

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


David Belmont, CFA | Chief Risk Officer

David Belmont has firm-wide oversight and responsibility for all aspects of risk management. Prior to joining Commonfund in 2011, David was Global Head of Hedge Fund Credit for UBS Investment Bank where he led a global team of 45 risk managers and analysts responsible for the risk management of hedge fund and managed fund exposures in the Investment Bank globally. In addition, he was the Head of Risk Management for UBS Prime Services where he led a team of eight risk managers responsible for the market, credit and operational risk of the Prime Brokerage in the Americas.  He was a member of the UBS Prime Brokerage Executive Committee, the Exchange Traded Derivatives Risk Committee, the Prime Services Risk Committee and Prime Services Risk Board. Prior to UBS, David spent 10 years in Asia, 6 of which were in Singapore with Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s $100 billion sovereign wealth fund, most recently as its Chief Risk Officer from 2004 - 2007. In addition, he was a Director with Anderson LLP and founded their Asia Financial and Commodity Risk Consulting practice in Singapore, managing a team of 17 professionals across Asia.  He was also a Regional Risk Manager with Black River Asset Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund, and was a sovereign risk underwriter with Citicorp. David is a Chartered Financial Analyst and the author of the books Managing Hedge Fund Risk and Financing published by John Wiley and Sons (2011) and of Value Added Risk Management in Financial Institutions (John Wiley and Sons, 2004).  He earned a B.A. from Bowdoin College cum laude and an M.B.A. and a M.S. from Yale University.


David Belmont | Chief Risk 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.


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 MonicoChief Executive Officer, Head of Hedge Fund Investments, Commonfund Hedge Fund Strategies Group

Nick De Monico is responsible for investment and business leadership for the Commonfund hedge fund portfolios, including commingled funds and separate accounts in directional and relative value strategies. Prior to that, Nick served as Deputy CIO and head of Marketable Alternative 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

John S. Griswold | Executive Director, Commonfund Institute

John Griswold directs Commonfund’s investor education and market research activities as head of Commonfund Institute. John joined Commonfund as head of Client Services in 1992. He initiated and has supervised the Commonfund Benchmarks Studies® of the performance of educational endowments, foundations, operating charities and healthcare institutions, which collectively survey the investment performance and practices of over 1400 nonprofit institutions annually. In addition, he supervises and speaks at Commonfund’s annual Endowment Institute, Commonfund Forum, monthly Trustee Roundtables and nonprofit and investment industry conferences in the U.S., Europe and Canada. John has authored many articles and book chapters on endowment management, governance and the management of investment committees. John is a member of numerous non-profit boards and investment committees, including the board of trustees of BoardSource (Chair), The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Greenwich Roundtable, the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) and the Regional Plan Association of New York. He is a graduate of Yale University.



John S. Griswold | Executive Director, Commonfund Institute

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 | President and Chief Executive Officer, Commonfund Capital, Inc.
Don Pascal is President and 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 and the Investment Policy Committee of Commonfund Group. 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

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