Team

Leadership


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  • Christopher Laing, CFA, Senior Managing Director Toggler

    Chris has over 20 years of extensive global investment and portfolio management experience. Prior to joining CornerStone Partners, he worked with Lloyd George Management in Hong Kong as a senior manager of Asian equity portfolios. Before working for Lloyd George, he was a senior portfolio manager in the Global Asset Management Division of INVESCO, where he served on the investment team that managed global developed and developing equity markets. Chris was one of six portfolio managers who oversaw all investment recommendations and trading execution, and established asset allocation and individual security weightings for INVESCO’s global equity portfolios. He was also an equity portfolio manager and analyst in the firm’s US Institutional Group. Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area and is Chairperson of its endowment committee. Chris graduated from the University of Virginia and is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Virginia.

  • David Russell, Senior Managing Director Toggler

    David joined CornerStone Partners after serving as a Managing Director of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO), which manages the University’s globally diversified endowment portfolio. As a member of the Investment Committee, David oversaw asset allocation, risk management and manager selection across all asset classes. Prior to UVIMCO, he worked for Forest City Enterprises, a national real estate developer, and as a member of the Acquisitions team at Starwood Capital Group, a global private investment firm. He also worked in private equity for UBS Capital Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, and in mergers and acquisitions for J.P. Morgan. David serves on the Board of Directors for ReadyKids, a nonprofit organization in Charlottesville, Virginia. David earned an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Kevin Schuyler, CFA, Senior Managing Director Toggler

    Kevin’s experience in portfolio management, private equity, real estate, trading and consulting spans over two decades. Before joining CornerStone Partners, he was chief investment officer, vice president, and director of finance and investments for The Nature Conservancy, the world's largest not-for-profit conservation organization. Kevin managed relationships with the organization's investment managers and advisors, directed performance measurement and reporting, and led all capital market activities. He also oversaw the employee retirement plan. Prior to working for The Nature Conservancy, he was a commodity trader and manager for Louis Dreyfus Corporation, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an entrepreneur. Kevin serves on the Investment Committee of the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies and is on the Board of Directors for The Stone Barns Center.  A member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Washington DC,  Kevin graduated with honors from Harvard College and received an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

  • Shane Galie, CFA, Managing Director Toggler

    Shane has over 15 years of experience in sourcing, due diligence, and allocating to traditional and alternative investment managers.  He joined CornerStone Partners after serving the Dartmouth College Investment Office as a senior investment analyst.  Shane also worked at the University of Virginia Investment Management Company for several years, analyzing hedge fund and long-only public equity manager exposures and performance attributes, calculating and monitoring valuations of private equity and real asset investments, and conducting due diligence on prospective managers.  He has an advisory, non-voting role on James Madison University Foundation’s Investment Committee, is co-chair of the Next Wave Sohn Hong Kong conference, and is a member of CFA Virginia and the CFA Institute.  Shane was University Valedictorian and graduated summa cum laude from James Madison University.

  • Jerry Polk, CAIA, Managing Director Toggler

    Prior to joining CornerStone Partners, Jerry served for several years as a Director in the Office of Investments at The Ohio State University, which is responsible for managing the University's endowment. He was primarily responsible for managing the illiquid investment portfolio including private equity, natural resources, real estate and private credit, and was also involved in formulating global investment strategy, portfolio construction and manager selection across all asset classes. Before Ohio State, Jerry served as the Director of Private Investments at Southern Methodist University, and was an Investment Officer at the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System. Jerry earned a BS and an MBA from Louisiana State University and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.

  • Kristin Henningsen, CPA/ABV/CFF, Managing Director of Investment Operations Toggler

    Kristin has over twenty years of experience in accounting and the investment operations profession. Prior to joining CornerStone Partners, Kristin worked for several large regional public accounting firms, where she was responsible for financial statement audits and accounting, tax compliance, and consulted for clients across a broad range of industries, including investment companies and nonprofit entities.  Her expertise in business valuations and litigation support led to her professional recognition as a “Super CPA” for eight years from Virginia Business magazine. Kristin served as Chair and board member of the Charlottesville Economic Development Authority for eight years, past Treasurer of Service Dogs of Virginia, is a graduate of Leadership Charlottesville, and was a member of the Central Virginia Estate Planning Council. She currently serves on the Audit and Investment Committees of the Charlottesville Albemarle Community Foundation. Kristin earned a BS in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

  • Maria Rolph, IACCP®, Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer Toggler

    Maria has nearly twenty years of experience in investment adviser compliance, operations, and finance.  She leads CornerStone Partners' compliance program with respect to its status as an SEC-registered investment adviser, oversees corporate finances, and directs information technology and cyber security initiatives.  Before joining CornerStone Partners, Maria served on active duty in military intelligence as a cryptologic linguist and analyst for the U.S. Air Force and lived and traveled extensively overseas.  She serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Wildrock, a nonprofit organization in Charlottesville, Chair of the Friends of Piedmont CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and is a graduate of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence's Board Academy.  She maintains the Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional® designation and is a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals.  Maria graduated with honors from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California.