John Griswold

Founder, Commonfund Institute

John Griswold directs Commonfund’s educational, market research, and professional development activities as head of Commonfund Institute. He joined Commonfund as head of client services in 1992. John initiated and has supervised the Commonfund Benchmarks Studies® of the performance of educational endowments, foundations, operating charities, and health care institutions, which collectively survey the investment performance and practices of more than 1400 nonprofit institutions annually. In addition, he supervises and speaks at Commonfund’s annual Endowment Institute, Commonfund Forum, monthly Trustee Roundtables, and nonprofit and investment industry conferences in the US, Europe, and Canada.

John has authored many articles and book chapters on endowment management, governance, and the management of investment committees. He is a member of numerous nonprofit boards and investment committees, including the board of trustees of BoardSource, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Greenwich Roundtable, the National Business Officers Association (NBOA), and the Regional Plan Association of New York. He is a graduate of Yale University.