The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations Welcome Wei Huang As Chief Investment Officer

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations Welcome Wei Huang As Chief Investment Officer

Group News posted in on 16 June 2017| comments
audience: Minnesota Community Foundation | last updated: 16 June 2017

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations today announced that Wei Huang will join the organizations as its new Chief Investment Officer (CIO). Huang will fill the role vacated by Jack Pohl, who retired in February after 32 years of service.

Huang brings a wealth of experience including strong understanding of and experience in capital markets, portfolio construction and management, asset allocation theory and modeling, alternative assets, benchmark analysis and performance measurement. He is a graduate of both The Wharton School and Harvard Business School, and his most recent positions were Principal Investment Officer with the Connecticut State Treasurer’s Office and Vice President Equity Investments at Sentry Insurance in Stevens Point, WI.

“I am very excited about joining The Foundations. This position affords me the opportunity to combine my professional experience and my passion for service to the community,” says Wei. “During the interview process, I visited Saint Paul and I love the culture of the organization. I found the investment committee and staff members that I engaged with to be smart, passionate about their work and extremely motivated. I can’t wait to join the team.”

In his role, Huang will manage The Foundations’ portfolio ($1.3 billion in aggregate) working with top investment managers across the country and an experienced investment team to ensure that donor funds are managed for prudent, long-term growth.

Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., president and CEO of The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations, looks forward to having Huang on board to lead the investments team and is thrilled to welcome him to The Foundations. “During the search and interview process, I found Wei to be intellectually stimulating, incredibly competent, highly skilled and, above all, passionate about the community. We look forward to continuing the legacy of success relative to our investment performance and growing our charitable community assets for greater impact under his leadership.

The Foundations have a long history of investment success. Investment Committee Chair E. Gerald (Jerry) O'Brien, II offers, “When you evaluate where to open a donor advised fund, the Chief Investment Officer’s reputation is one of the most critical factors. With Wei as our CIO, I know that The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations will continue its leadership in this arena."

In addition to The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations, Huang will also manage investments for the affiliated Mardag and Bigelow Foundations. Huang will begin work in early July.

Wei Huang Bio

Wei Huang joins The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations from the Connecticut State Treasurer's office where he oversaw all Private Market investments. He previously headed both Alternative and Public Equity Investments at Sentry Insurance as an officer of the firm. Prior to being recruited by Sentry, Wei was the Private Equity Investment Officer for the State of Oregon. Before that, he was a Vice President in the Hedge Fund Investment Group with Citigroup Alternative Investments. Wei has worked at a multi-family office in Connecticut as well as at Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners focusing on evaluating global fund and co-investment opportunities in Private Equity. He began his investment career researching Public Equity sectors at Fidelity Management & Research Company and Colonial Management Associates both in Boston, Massachusetts.

Wei was born and raised in Shanghai, China and came to the US in 1990 to further his education. He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2000. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Corporate Finance and International Finance for the MBA program at Marylhurst University when in Oregon.

Wei enjoys spending time with his wife and their twins, traveling and playing tennis or golf together as a family.

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