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Senior Management and Group Heads

Verne O. Sedlacek | President and Chief Executive Officer

Verne Sedlacek joined Commonfund in 2002 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was appointed President and CEO July 1, 2003. In addition, he serves as a member of the Commonfund Group Investment Policy Committee. Prior to Commonfund, Mr. Sedlacek was President and COO of John W. Henry & Company, Inc., President and Director of Westport Capital Management Corporation and Global Capital Management Limited since 1998. Previously he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Harvard Management Company, where he was responsible for managing the areas of personnel, budgets, systems, performance, analysis, contract, credit, compliance, custody, operations, cash management, securities lending, and market risk evaluation for the then approximately $14 billion University Fund. He also has served on many not-for-profit and for-profit boards. Mr. Sedlacek currently serves on the boards of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the NYSE Pension Managers Advisory Board, is a member of the Samsung Global Investment Advisory Council (SGIAC) and is on the Investment Committee for the William Penn Foundation. He earned an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University and was certified as a CPA by the State of New York in 1978.

 

Verne O. Sedlacek | President and Chief Executive Officer

Fredric "Rick" NelsonChief Investment Officer

Rick Nelson joined Commonfund in 2011 and has oversight of Commonfund’s equity and fixed income programs as well as the outsourced solutions business.  Rick chairs the Commonfund Investment Policy and Asset Allocation Committee. Before joining Commonfund, Rick was Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of ING Investment Management Americas, New York, NY from 2003-2009, where he led more than 300 professionals managing over $165 billion in assets.   He was responsible for client and ING proprietary capital in traditional, private equity and hedge fund asset classes.  Rick was a member of ING Investment Management Committee, Insurance Americas Asset Liability Committee, ING Group Management Council, and Director, ING Mutual Funds.  While at ING he created the Multi-Asset Strategy and Solutions Group which combined asset allocation, liability modeling, risk management and financial engineering skills to deliver consultative solutions and multi-asset portfolios for clients. Before that, Rick was Managing Director, Head of U.S. Equity for JP Morgan Investment Management, New York, NY from 2000-2003. He led 120 professionals managing over $90 billion in assets. Rick was responsible for institutional and retail client assets in quantitative and fundamental active strategies across all-cap ranges and styles. He was also a member of JPMIM Management Committee. Prior to his role at JP Morgan Investment Management, he was with Bankers Trust Company for 13 years, most recently as Managing Director and Head of the Quantitative Investments Group.  In this capacity he led a team of 13 professionals and initiated the group’s entry into cutting edge active quantitative strategies. Mr. Nelson earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Business from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.

 

Fredric "Rick" Nelson | Chief Investment 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

 

John W. Auchincloss | Secretary and General Counsel

John Auchincloss also serves as a member of the Commonfund Group Investment Committee. He joined Commonfund and its subsidiaries in 1996. Mr. Auchincloss has been a practicing attorney since 1984, and has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where his roles included serving as Deputy Appellate Attorney and as a member of that office’s Securities and Commodities Frauds Task Force, and has worked as a corporate associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City. He holds a B.A. degree in History from Yale University, a J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law and an L.L.M. from Cambridge University.

 John W. Auchincloss | Secretary and General Counsel


 

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.



Susan J. Carter | Chief Executive Officer of Commonfund Capital, Inc.

Sue Carter is Chief Executive Officer of Commonfund Capital, overseeing all private capital and distressed capital programs, with over $13.4 billion of private capital commitments from investors since inception. In that capacity, she supervises a total staff of 45. Ms. Carter is a member of the Investment Committee of Commonfund Capital and the Investment Policy Committee of Commonfund Group. Before joining Commonfund Capital in 1989, Ms. Carter was with Morgan Stanley & Co., Incorporated from 1985 to 1989. She was a Senior Associate of Morgan Stanley Venture Capital Group, where she analyzed investments in emerging growth companies, worked with portfolio companies and managed that group’s limited partner relations and reporting. Prior to that, from 1978 to 1985, Ms. Carter was with General Electric Investment Corp., where she evaluated venture capital limited partnership and direct investment opportunities as an analyst for the General Electric Pension Trust’s venture capital program. She is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, Tuck School of Business. Ms. Carter holds an A.B. degree in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.

 

Susan J. Carter | President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonfund Capital, Inc.

 

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 currently 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, Commonfund Capital, Inc.
Don Pascal is President of Commonfund Capital. His primary responsibilities include oversight of due diligence, manager selection and investment management for the firm’s private capital and distressed capital programs. Mr. Pascal is a member of the Investment Committee of Commonfund Capital. He 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, Mr. Pascal 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. Mr. Pascal is presently a member of the advisory boards of several private capital limited partnerships, including those managed by: Accel Partners, Bridgepoint Capital, IDG, Legend Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Northern Light, and Greylock Israel. He is also a member of the Investment Committee for The Hotchkiss School. Mr. Pascal 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