As head of Commonfund Institute, John Griswold directed investor education and market research activities for Commonfund, a not-for-profit investment company serving the nonprofit sector. After a successful career in consumer marketing and alternative investments, John joined Commonfund as head of Client Services, Market Research and Publications in 1992. In 1996 he founded the Commonfund Forum, which has become one of the leading educational conferences in the investment business. In 1999 initiated and supervised the Commonfund Benchmarks Studies® of the performance of educational endowments, foundations, operating charities, and healthcare institutions, which survey the investment performance and practices of over 1,400 nonprofit institutions annually. In addition, he supervised and spoke at Commonfund’s annual Endowment Institute, Commonfund Forum, monthly Trustee Roundtables, and at nonprofit and investment industry conferences in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada. John retired from Commonfund at the end of 2016 and joined the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges as a Senior Consultant focusing on financial issues facing higher education and board and committee governance. John has authored many articles and book chapters on endowment management, governance, and the management of investment committees. He is a member of several non-profit boards and investment committees, including the board of trustees of BoardSource (former Chair), The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Greenwich Roundtable (Chair), and the Regional Plan Association of New York. John is a graduate of Yale University and attended Columbia University Business School.