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Deborah Spalding

Co-Chief Investment Officer at Commonfund
Master of Forestry 2007
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Deborah Spalding is Managing Director and co-Chief Investment Officer at Commonfund Asset Management Company, an investment manager for endowments, foundations, and other nonprofit institutions. Prior to that, Spalding was the Chief Investment Officer of the State of Connecticut’s $30 billion Retirement Plans and Trust Funds.

Previously, she was a Managing Partner at Working Lands Investment Partners, LLC, an independent investment management firm that invests in rapidly growing environmental markets. Prior to that, she held a number of executive-level positions including Executive Vice President and Head of International Investments for Schroders Investment Management N.A. and Managing Director and Head of International Institutional Investments at Scudder Kemper Investments. She began her career as an equity analyst at SKB & Associates in San Francisco.

Deborah received a B.A. in International Relations and Asian Studies from Tufts University and holds graduate degrees from Harvard University, University of California Berkeley and Yale University. She currently serves as an Independent Board Member at Resource Management Service, an Alabama based timberland investment manager. She is a past Board Chair and member of the investment committee of the National Wildlife Federation, and an advisory board member of the Center for Business and the environment at Yale. She is also a Lecturer in Forest and Ecosystem Finance at Yale.