Nate Wade became the investment officer at the McKnight Foundation in 2019, covering its $2.2 billion endowment, which includes a 10 percent commitment to impact investing. Wade provides strategic analysis of the portfolio, working directly with fund managers, the board’s investment committees, and investment advisors. Wade is building the Foundation’s direct private investment program and helping expand into new asset classes.
Since joining the Foundation in 2014 as an investment analyst, Wade has been instrumental in driving environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and impact integration through the endowment. As of 2019, one of every three investment dollars is aligned with McKnight’s mission. Prior to McKnight, Wade worked as an analyst in corporate finance for Target for seven years, focusing on in-store health clinics, supply chain management, fabric sourcing, and other areas.
Wade holds an MS in finance from Georgetown University and a BS in mathematics and economics from the University of Michigan.