Diverse Manager Committee

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At NEPC, we believe diversity within asset classes, investment strategies, geographies, capitalizations and sectors helps portfolios withstand market swings and cycles. We also believe in another kind of diversity: in thoughts, ideas and experiences through diversity in gender and race. A growing and substantial body of research points to the positive and, in many cases, superior investment performance by women and minority managers. Despite these findings, women and minority-owned funds remain significantly underrepresented in the portfolios of institutional and high-net-worth investors. In addition, there is the apparent challenge of finding a top-performing manager in a crowded marketplace.

NEPC’s Diverse Manager Committee offers our clients solutions to meet these challenges. The Diverse Manager Committee consists of senior research professionals specializing in traditional and alternative investment strategies, alongside experienced consultants serving NEPC’s broad base of clients. The Committee’s primary purpose is to identify highly-qualified diverse investment firms—those with majority ownership by minorities and/or women—that can best fulfill the unique goals, risk parameters and financial objectives of our clients. NEPC’s commitment to thought leadership and uncovering diverse investment firms is underscored by the fact that we have over $32 billion of client assets invested with diverse firms. Nearly 40% of our clients are currently utilizing diverse managers across public and private equities, hedge funds, private debt and private real estate. We seek diverse asset managers who we believe can consistently and sustainably outperform applicable benchmarks over extended periods of time.

When you work with NEPC, you get:

  • Access to over 150 investment strategies managed by diverse firms that are currently in our clients’ portfolios
  • A proprietary database, mainly sourced from eVestment, of over 200 investment firms with majority ownership by MWDBE (Minorities, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise)
  • Investment products managed by diverse firms that are highly rated by Research
  • An exacting due diligence process that holds diverse managers to the same standard as their broader peer group
  • Manager searches that can also incorporate impact and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing approaches
  • Our large research capabilities within a boutique consulting experience
  • Objective insights on traditional and alternative assets, market and economic events, and industry trends


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