Ms. Surh is credited with transforming the NYU endowment, building the investment function from the ground up, driving substantial development across all aspects of endowment management, and establishing a strong platform for the fund’s future growth. Her investment selection decisions and emphasis on value and asymmetric risk/reward produced results that both significantly exceeded the fund’s policy benchmark returns while at the same time incurring significantly less risk than the benchmark. Prior to focusing on endowment management, Ms. Surh worked as a strategy consultant and a private equity investor, beginning her career at Bain & Company.
Ms. Surh was elected a Tufts University Trustee in 2010. She also serves on the Investment Committee for the Salvation Army and the Board of Advisors for the Tisch College of Civic Life. Her work has included numerous advisory, board and investment committee roles for non-profit organizations and investment firms.
Recognized by the publishers of Institutional Investor News as a “Rising Star of Foundations and Endowments”, Ms. Surh has also been 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 where she studied drama, design and economics and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. While a student at Tufts, she was an active costume designer for Arena Theater stage productions, vocalist with the Jackson Jills a cappella group, campus tour guide, and beneficiary of the financial aid program.
Born in Europe as a Korean citizen, she enjoys residing in multi-cultural Brooklyn with her husband and children.
Revised November 2017