Eric W. Doppstadt

Chief Investment Officer & Vice President at Ford Foundation

Eric W. Doppstadt

Eric W. Doppstadt

Chief Investment Officer & Vice President at Ford Foundation


Eric Doppstadt, CFA, is Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of The Ford Foundation in New York, and has over 20 years’ experience in investment management. He is responsible for managing the Foundation’s $12 billion endowment, where he leads a team of fifteen professionals. Before assuming his current position in June 2009, he spent fifteen years in a number of alternative investment roles at the Foundation, including nine years managing the Foundation’s investments in venture capital, private equity, distressed investments, and hedge funds. Prior to joining the Foundation, he spent five years practicing corporate law with the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York.

He is a member of the World Economic Forum Committee on the Future of Long-Term Investing and a Director and member of the Finance & Investment Committee of Arch Capital Group, Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACGL), a Bermuda-based company that provides specialty insurance and reinsurance on a worldwide basis through its wholly owned subsidiaries.

He received his undergraduate degree with Honors from The University of Chicago, studied international economics at Georgetown University on a fellowship from the Fund for American Studies, and received a law degree from NYU School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of the NYU Annual Survey of American Law. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute.

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Chief Investment Officer & Vice President at Ford Foundation
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The University of Chicago's Office of Investments (COI) is responsible for managing the University's investment assets, which includes overseeing the endowment to ensure that it benefits both current and future generations of the University of Chicago. COI oversees the broad investment strategy and provides input to the development of the strategic and tactical investment policies of the University & UCMC endowments, pension plans and self-insurance trust assets. Their strategy combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, seeking to achieve superior investment performance on a risk-adjusted basis.COI's approach seeks to evaluate the investment strategy as an integrated part of the operating plans of the University rather than in isolation and focuses the the University's overall success, not investment returns. The endowment is well-diversified across a variety of asset classes, including global stocks and bonds, real estate, natural resources, private equity, absolute return strategies and protection (tail-hedging strategies). Asset class exposure is achieved primarily by selecting and engaging external managers. COI manages the global macro and the overlay portfolio to ensure that the portfolio's overall positioning is compliance with the endowment's investment guidelines.COI's strategies for investing in the public markets include: Absolute Return, Private Debt, Fixed Income and Credit. and Global Equities.COI's real assets team invests globally in real estate and natural resources using outside managers. The real estate portfolio invests globally in value-added and opportunistic strategies using both private partnerships and public vehicles. The natural resources portfolio invests globally in strategies that include, but are not limited to: oil and gas exploration & production; power generation; infrastructure; timber; mining and minerals; and agriculture.


Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

International Economics

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), founded in 1919, is a premier school of international affairs. At Georgetown’s Washington, D.C. and Qatar campuses, SFS provides a rigorous education combining theory and practice and instills the values of service. School of Foreign Service provides students a rigorous education in international affairs that combines theory and practice and instills the values of service to others, offered by a faculty of outstanding scholars and practitioners who are committed to teaching, learning and discovery.

Career History
Chief Investment Officer & Vice President
1989 - Current

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society. We work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest compared with societal needs, we focus on key problem areas and program strategies. Created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company. The trustees of the foundation set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation’s grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America explore opportunities to pursue the foundation’s goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding.


Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Member, Investment Advisory Board

Andreessen Horowitz is a $4 billion venture capital firm, founded in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. The company is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

Member, Investment Advisory Board

Founded in 1978, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC is a private equity firm located in New York City. The firm is a subsidiary of Clayton Dubilier & Rice Holdings LP. Their investors include financial institutions, university endowments and corporate and public pension funds.

Member, Investment Advisory Board
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Rank #83
Asset International CIO Magazine - Chief Investment Officer Power 100
CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)
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