Mary Cahill

Mary Cahill

Retired CIO
Emory University

Ms. Mary Cahill recently retired from Emory University where she served as Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for almost 17 years.  During her tenure, Ms. Cahill led the investment programs for Emory University’s endowment ($6.7 billion), defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans ($2.3 billion), operating bank ($1.5) billion, hospital reserves, trusts, and insurance assets.  She created Emory Investment Management and built the foundation that propelled the portfolio to generate growth, shifting from a highly concentrated holding to a global multi-asset class portfolio.  Ms. Cahill implemented a disciplined and structured investment and operating process with world-class risk management.

Ms. Cahill has 40 years of investment experience, with prior positions including Xerox, the Virginia Retirement System, SmithKline, BellSouth and Merck pension plans. Ms. Cahill has overseen internal equity portfolios, invested fixed income and futures portfolios, developed performance measurement systems, and designed investment options. She has served as a board member of the Emory Center for Alternative Investments, The Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance, The Woodruff Arts Center, and the Robert Toigo Foundation.  Additional affiliations included a member of the NCAA Investment Committee, President of Pension Group East, President of Pension 21, an executive member of the Financial Executive Institute’s Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets, and a member of the NYSE Pension Managers Advisory Committee.

She is an advisor to the Zeist Foundation and Marto Capital, and a member of the Economic Club of New York. Ms. Cahill has an MBA specializing in Finance from St. John’s University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.