Tina Surh is the Chief Investment Officer of New York University. NYU was founded in 1831 and is the largest private university in the U.S with a total enrollment of over 40,000 students across 16 academic divisions.
Ms. Surh heads the Investment Office and is responsible for the design and implementation of investment policy and strategy for the University’s $3 billion Endowment. NYU’s Endowment portfolio is globally diversified and actively managed, and includes a substantial proportion of alternative investments. Ms. Surh also fulfills additional investment oversight responsibilities for several University sponsored plans and programs.
Ms. Surh joined NYU in early 2005 as the Director of Investments and was promoted to Deputy Chief Investment Officer in early 2008. She has led the Investment Office since mid-2009, building NYU’s investment organization from the ground up and driving substantial development across all aspects of endowment management for the institution.
Prior to NYU, Ms. Surh was with Princeton University’s Investment Company, where she focused on manager research and selection across multiple asset classes, and in particular, led sourcing and evaluation of new opportunities in Asia. Previously she was a direct private equity investor with DCMI, and a strategy consultant, beginning her career at Bain & Company.
Ms. Surh was elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees in 2010. She also serves on the Tisch College Board of Advisors and on the Investment Committee for the Salvation Army. Ms. Surh has been recognized by the publishers of Institutional Investor News as a “Rising Star of Foundations and Endowments” and honored by the publishers of Hedge Funds Review for “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry by an Institutional Investor.”
Ms. Surh graduated cum laude from Tufts University and subsequently earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. While a student at Tufts, she majored in Drama and studied Economics, and was a beneficiary of the financial aid program. She was an active costume designer for Arena Theater stage productions, vocalist with the Jackson Jills, and campus tour guide.
She and her husband reside in Brooklyn with their three children.
Last updated: April 2014