Cunningham Leaves Cornell University for Outsourced CIO Firm

By David G. Barry

Nathalie Cunningham has left her role as a senior investment officer at Cornell University to join an outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) firm.

Cunningham is now a managing director on the client portfolio management team of Strategic Investment Group. She spent nearly seven years with Cornell, where she was responsible for a range of traditional and alternative asset classes in the university’s more than $10 billion endowment. Previously, Cunningham was a director of public market investments for the University System of Maryland Foundation and also served as a partner and portfolio manager for Terrapin Asset Management, LLC.

Based in Arlington, Va., Strategic had $26.3 billion in discretionary assets under management as of March 31. Founded in 1987, it provides clients with active portfolio management, risk management and open architecture manager selection.

In a statement, Brian Murdock, Strategic’s president and CEO, said that Cunningham’s “experience working in the investment offices of two large endowments and her solid track record of executive leadership position her well to deliver the world-class client service that has helped Strategic build enduring partnerships with clients.”

Cornell University’s 24-person Office of Investments is led by CIO Kenneth Miranda.