Kristin R. Finney-Cooke, CAIA

Senior Consultant

Ms. Finney-Cooke joined NEPC in 2010 with her investment experience dating back to 1998. In her role at NEPC, Kristin sits on the Public Fund team assisting clients with the development of investment policies and objectives, asset allocation, the evaluation and selection of investment managers, and the measurement and analysis of investment performance. Kristin is the Co-Chair of the Manager Diversity Program Advisory Committee.

Prior to NEPC, Kristin was a Principal at Mercer Investment Consulting with broad responsibility in all facets of client management, which included providing clients (both public and corporate) with advice on asset allocation, investment policy development, investment manager selection, performance measurement and risk management. While at Mercer, Kristin was their National Public Fund Segment Leader for three years where she was responsible for ensuring relevant intellectual capital was leveraged throughout the firm, client solutions were proactive, cutting edge and used as a national resource for public fund clients. Additionally, Kristin led the Emerging Managers Task Force where she identified high conviction Emerging/MWDBE (Minority, Women and Disabled Persons Business Enterprise) managers, performed rigorous due diligence and helped develop and implement Emerging/MWDBE programs.

Prior to Mercer, Kristin was a Financial Advisor in the Private Client Services Group of Credit Suisse First Boston. At Credit Suisse First Boston, Kristin developed and implemented customized investment strategies for her high net worth and institutional client base. Kristin also conducted research in the private equity and hedge fund asset classes in order to identify opportunities for smaller institutional clients.

Kristin holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago and a BS from Howard University. Kristin also holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation. Kristin is a frequent speaker at conferences including, National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR), Annual NASP of which she is a Board Member, Plan Sponsor and Emerging Minority Manager Consortium, IMN Public Funds Summit and IL PERS Conferences and the Stars and Stripes Conference.

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