Jacob Walthour is a member of the Investment Committees for Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation, both of which operate under the umbrella of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. The Investment Committees report directly to the Board of each philanthropy.
Jacob is Chief Executive Officer of Blueprint and has more than 25 years of experience in capital markets, traditional, and alternative asset management. At Blueprint, he is responsible for strategy, business development, and execution of the firm’s business plans. Prior to founding Blueprint, he served as Vice Chairman of Product and Business Development in the investment management division of Cowen & Company. He was responsible for developing the firm’s seeding and acceleration effort for emerging alternative investment organizations.
Previously, Jacob was Managing Director of Cliffwater LLC, where he served on the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to Cliffwater, he was a Partner and Managing Director at Citadel Investment Group, and Head of Advisory Services at Aksia LLC. Earlier in his career, he served as Executive Assistant to the Comptroller and sole fiduciary of the then $56 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund. Jacob started his career at Lehman Brothers as an analyst in the investment banking division.
Jacob received his bachelor’s degree from the Nelson Rockefeller School at the State University of New York at Albany. He served as Trustee for the New York Foundation for the Arts, and as Director of New York Cares. He also served on the Investment Subcommittee of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America and as Trustee of the ECLC School for children and adults with learning disabilities.
Jacob has been a frequent speaker at pension, hedge fund, and alternative investment conferences; he has been featured on CNBC and contributed to a variety of articles in Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Institutional Investor Alpha, and Bloomberg.