Deborah Spalding

Co Chief Investment Officer

Deborah Spalding co-leads the Commonfund Asset Management Investment team and oversees the design, tailoring, and implementation of custom investment solutions for clients. She also leads the firm’s sustainable investment efforts. Deborah serves as a member of the Commonfund Asset Management Executive Group and the Investment Committee, and chairs the Commonfund Asset Allocation Committee.

Prior to joining Commonfund, she was the Chief Investment Officer for 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 several 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 is a past Board Chair and a 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 and is a Lecturer in Forest and Ecosystem Finance at Yale.