Nina Scherago, CFA
Managing Partner of Edgehill Endowment Partners
Nina Scherago is a leading practitioner in the endowment and foundation investment management field. She co-founded Edgehill Endowment Partners with her partner, Ellen Shuman, to bring investment excellence to a select number of endowments and foundations by serving as their comprehensive outsourced investment office.
Prior to founding Edgehill, she was Deputy Chief Investment Officer of The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF), an organization she served for 13 years (1998-2012). She served as a TIFF board member before she was recruited to TIFF by its founding President, David Salem. Nina established and led TIFF’s hedge fund program known as the TIFF Absolute Return Pools. Under Nina’s leadership, the TIFF Absolute Return Pools progressed from an idea to $3 billion with more than 220 clients. During her tenure, TIFF’s assets grew to $10 billion for 900+ clients.
Prior to joining TIFF, Nina served as a Managing Director at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for 10 years (1988-1998), where she developed the private investment program. She was responsible for private equity and real assets that included buyouts, venture capital, real estate, energy and timber. Nina built HHMI’s private investment portfolio from $150 million to $1.2 billion over a 10-year period and developed a team.
Nina has served on the boards of foundations, independent schools and colleges. She currently serves as a Trustee of Smith College, and until recently chaired its investment committee. Nina has been involved with Smith College as either a trustee and/or an investment committee member for 17 years. She just completed a 9-year term on the board of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO) in June 2013.
Nina graduated with a B.A. from Smith College and received an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. She has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.