Our Team

Investments

Nina F. Scherago

Nina F. Scherago

CFA, Managing Partner

Jason Raiti

Jason Raiti

CFA, CAIA, Partner

Craig Dessen

Craig Dessen

CFA, Managing Director

Tim Lembo

Tim Lembo

Senior Investment Analyst

Andrew Mastroe

Andrew Mastroe

CFA and CAIA, Associate Director

Brian Morgan

Brian Morgan

CAIA, Director of Risk and Analytics

Drew Woodbury

Drew Woodbury

CFA, Managing Director

D. Ellen Shuman

D. Ellen Shuman

CFA, Partner Emerita

Nina F. Scherago

Nina F. Scherago

CFA, Managing Partner

Nina is the co-founder and managing partner of Edgehill Endowment Partners. She leads the firm and is responsible for investing client portfolios. Nina has a track record of leadership and success over 30+ years working on behalf of endowed institutions.

Prior to co-founding Edgehill in 2013, Nina was Deputy Chief Investment Officer of The Investment Fund for Foundations (“TIFF”) where she established and led the hedge fund program, the Absolute Return Pools, which she grew to $2.8 billion with 230 clients. She served TIFF’s clients for 13 years and operated within a rigorous compliance framework. Before TIFF, Nina served as a Managing Director at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for 10 years, where she established its private investment program, developed an investment team, and grew HHMI’s private assets to $1.2 billion.  She began her career with two Wall Street firms, Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb and Alex. Brown & Sons, with roles in institutional equity research and investment banking.  

Nina currently serves as a trustee of the Samuel J. Kress Foundation.  She has served on the boards and investment committees of colleges, foundations, and independent schools. She served Smith College for 21 years as a trustee, finance committee chair, and investment committee member. She served as a trustee of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO) for 9 years. Nina received a B.A. from Smith College and an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. She earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Jason Raiti

Jason Raiti

CFA, CAIA, Partner

Jason is a partner and is responsible for investing client portfolios, leading the research team and process. Over his career, Jason has been a key part of actively building out top tier investment offices. Prior to joining Edgehill, Jason served as the Chief Investment Officer at Choate Rosemary Hall. At Choate, he made substantial changes to the asset allocation, restructured the school’s public equity portfolio, continued the build out of its private equity portfolio and initiated a venture capital program. During his tenure, Choate’s endowment produced top quartile returns in back-to-back years for the first time in the school’s history which was driven by outperformance in the public equity and hedge fund portfolios.

Prior to Choate, Jason served as Senior Manager of Pension Investments at Eastman Kodak, one of the most sophisticated corporate pension plans in the country. While at Kodak, he was one of two investment professionals who oversaw $5 billion in defined benefit pension assets worldwide. He was a key component of re-starting the investment program after the company emerged from bankruptcy.

Before Kodak, Jason served as Associate Director at Wesleyan University’s Investment Office where he was trained and mentored in the endowment model style of investing by Wesleyan’s CIO. This training was critical in developing Jason’s investment process and philosophy. While at Wesleyan he worked across all asset classes and geographies and traveled extensively in emerging markets, helping to rebuild the schools’ investment program which has become one of the top performing in the country. Prior to Wesleyan University, Jason was a Senior Research Analyst at Fund Evaluation Group where he helped launch the firm’s long-short equity hedge fund of funds.

Jason graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Economics. He was a Varsity Letterman on the football team, earning Special Teams Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-Ivy awards. He was included on CIO Magazine’s Class of 2017 Forty Under Forty list. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations.
Craig Dessen

Craig Dessen

CFA, Managing Director

Craig joined Edgehill with over 15 years of experience. At Edgehill he works across all asset classes with a focus on private markets as well as on portfolio construction and asset allocation. Most recently, he served as a Partner and Managing Director at Post Rock Advisors, LLC and its successor firm, Roundtable Investment Partners, LLC.  Craig was an essential part of the Post Rock team, advising family office and institutional investors on asset allocation and led the sourcing and diligence of investments in private equity, real estate, hedge funds and global equity. In these roles, he helped Post Rock grow from a start-up to $1 billion in assets.  Craig graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University and received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Tim Lembo

Tim Lembo

Senior Investment Analyst

Tim in a member of the Edgehill Investment team working across all asset classes. Prior to joining Edgehill, Tim was an investment banking analyst in the Healthcare Group at UBS, where he primarily focused on the execution of leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and various debt and equity transactions. Tim graduated with a B.A. in Economics with Honors from New York University.
Andrew Mastroe

Andrew Mastroe

CFA and CAIA, Associate Director

Andrew Mastroe is a member of the Edgehill Investment team working across all asset classes.  Prior to Edgehill, Andy served in the Boston Children’s Hospital Investment Office as a Senior Investment Analyst working with all asset classes in the $5.5 billion portfolio.  Earlier in his career, Andy was an investment analyst at the College of Holy Cross Investment Office managing a $700 million endowment and a $60 million pension.  Additionally, Andy was a Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates. In both previous roles, he advised institutional investors.  Andy’s background is a great fit for Edgehill as he excels at and embraces Edgehill’s generalist model. He received his BBA from University of Notre Dame, where he focused his studies on Management and Entrepreneurship. He is a CFA and CAIA Charterholder.
Brian Morgan

Brian Morgan

CAIA, Director of Risk and Analytics

Brian is the Director of Risk and Analytics where his expertise spans both investments and operations. Prior to Edgehill, Mr. Morgan spent eight years serving Choate Rosemary Hall in capacities as Investment Director & Operations Manager. Earlier in his career, he gained substantial investment operations experience as a Mutual Fund Operations Administrator at Skandia Global Funds, where he was responsible for performance reviews and had extensive engagement in IT projects. Brian received his B.S. from Central Connecticut State University, where he focused his studies on Finance. He is a CAIA Charterholder (Alternative Investment Analyst).
Drew Woodbury

Drew Woodbury

CFA, Managing Director

Drew Woodbury is a Managing Director on the Investment team working on all aspects of portfolio management across all Edgehill clients.  He joined Edgehill after nearly eight years at Grosvenor, an alternative investment firm with approximately $50 billion in assets under management. At Grosvenor, he was a Principal and was responsible for leading a team that evaluated investments with external public equity and hedge fund managers.  Earlier in his career, Drew was an equity analyst at Morningstar where he developed and presented fundamental research and investment recommendations to institutional clients. While at Morningstar, he was twice ranked in The Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" survey, which annually evaluated and ranks the top three analysts in each coverage sector based on the performance of their stock recommendations.  Drew received his A.B. in Economics from Princeton University.  He is a CFA Charterholder.
D. Ellen Shuman

D. Ellen Shuman

CFA, Partner Emerita

Ellen co-founded Edgehill Endowment Partners. Ms. Shuman contributed to the development of the firm, invested client portfolios, and mentored the next generation. Her service to Edgehill and clients continues in a strategic role as Partner Emerita. With 30+ years as an endowment professional, Ellen is devoting her capital markets insights, and her deep networks related to manager sourcing, industry talent and client prospects, for the benefit of Edgehill.

Her earlier career included serving for 13 years as the first CIO for Carnegie Corporation of New York. During her tenure, assets grew from $1.5 billion to $2.6 billion, net of spending exceeding $1 billion. Prior to Carnegie, Ellen was Director of Investments at the Yale University Investments Office for 13 years, reporting to its long-standing CIO David Swensen. At Yale she led real estate investments and capital markets activities.

She graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College, and served as a Trustee and a member of the investment committee for 21 years. She received an MPPM from the Yale University School of Management and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She received Institutional Investor Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Investment Management for Foundations in May 2014.
Tara Merlone

Tara Merlone

Director of Operations

Prior to joining the Edgehill team, Tara was an Assistant Vice President of Operations at Basso Capital Management, a Stamford, CT based hedge fund, where she worked directly on the trading floor supporting the traders and portfolio managers of the firm with their operational needs. She was primarily involved in over-the-counter trade settlements and confirmations, collateral management, and wire activity. Tara began her career working for International Fund Services (IFS), a third-party fund administrator located in New York, where she was a Supervisor of Middle Office Operations and serviced various multi-strategy investment management firms. Tara graduated summa cum laude from Fairfield University where she received a B.S. in Finance and M.B.A. in International Business.
Ken Colabella

Ken Colabella

CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Ken works closely with each client’s finance or treasury staff and coordinates with Edgehill’s fund administrator to ensure accurate investment accounting and investment performance reporting. Ken also is responsible for Edgehill’s business management functions. Ken is a Certified Public Accountant and managed an independent practice for nearly 30 years, undertaking accounting, tax preparation, financial statement preparation, and financial planning for mid-size businesses, start-up companies and individuals. For five years he was an SEC Registered Investment Adviser. Prior to establishing an independent practice, he was an auditor with Deloitte. He received a B.S. in Accounting from NYU and an M.B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University.
Christin Sandweiss

Christin Sandweiss

Director of Client Services

Prior to joining Edgehill, Christin had a career of managing relationships and leading detail-oriented operations. She headed the Inaugural Office for the 2013 Inauguration of Yale President, Peter Salovey. Christin was the Director of Development and Communications for the Yale-China Association during the 50th anniversary of a collaborative program with New Asia College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Christin worked for a decade in Yale University’s Office of Development, culminating her tenure as a Senior Major Gifts Officer with a focus on developing women Major Gift prospects. She serves on the board of the New Haven Lawn Club Preservation Trust and formerly served on the boards of the Friends Center for Children, the Neighborhood Music School and The Mory’s Association. She was a member of the operational group during the relaunch of Mory’s in 2010. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University.
Eric Kressaty

Eric Kressaty

Operations Analyst

Eric comes to Edgehill after gaining meaningful exposure to the investment world through two summer internships at Ciampi Tax & Financial Services in Cheshire, CT & Interaudi Bank in New York, NY. Eric graduated with a B.S. cum laude in Finance and an M.B.A. magna cum laude / honors, both from Quinnipiac University.
Melina Castro

Melina Castro

Operations Intern

Melina joined Edgehill as an Operations Intern.  She is a finance major at Quinnipiac University.  Melina participates in Quinnipiac’s highly competitive 3 + 1 BS/MBA program and will earn her B.S. in Finance in May 2021 and her M.B.A. in May 2022.  Melina volunteers with Handprints for Sunshine which promotes leadership and compassion in youngsters.  While at Quinnipiac her summer job experience has provided her with problem solving skills and the ability to work well on a team.
Niccolo Porcello

Niccolo Porcello

Office Assistant

Niccolo comes to Edgehill Endowment Partners from The Studio Institute in New York City, a non-profit dedicated to diversifying and furthering careers in the Arts for college students and recent graduates. He graduated with a B.A. in Urban Studies and Geography from Vassar College.

Operations

Tara Merlone

Tara Merlone

Director of Operations

Ken Colabella

Ken Colabella

CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Christin Sandweiss

Christin Sandweiss

Director of Client Services

Eric Kressaty

Eric Kressaty

Operations Analyst

Melina Castro

Melina Castro

Operations Intern

Niccolo Porcello

Niccolo Porcello

Office Assistant

Nina F. Scherago

Nina F. Scherago

CFA, Managing Partner

Nina is the co-founder and managing partner of Edgehill Endowment Partners. She leads the firm and is responsible for investing client portfolios. Nina has a track record of leadership and success over 30+ years working on behalf of endowed institutions.

Prior to co-founding Edgehill in 2013, Nina was Deputy Chief Investment Officer of The Investment Fund for Foundations (“TIFF”) where she established and led the hedge fund program, the Absolute Return Pools, which she grew to $2.8 billion with 230 clients. She served TIFF’s clients for 13 years and operated within a rigorous compliance framework. Before TIFF, Nina served as a Managing Director at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for 10 years, where she established its private investment program, developed an investment team, and grew HHMI’s private assets to $1.2 billion.  She began her career with two Wall Street firms, Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb and Alex. Brown & Sons, with roles in institutional equity research and investment banking.  

Nina currently serves as a trustee of the Samuel J. Kress Foundation.  She has served on the boards and investment committees of colleges, foundations, and independent schools. She served Smith College for 21 years as a trustee, finance committee chair, and investment committee member. She served as a trustee of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO) for 9 years. Nina received a B.A. from Smith College and an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. She earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Jason Raiti

Jason Raiti

CFA, CAIA, Partner

Jason is a partner and is responsible for investing client portfolios, leading the research team and process. Over his career, Jason has been a key part of actively building out top tier investment offices. Prior to joining Edgehill, Jason served as the Chief Investment Officer at Choate Rosemary Hall. At Choate, he made substantial changes to the asset allocation, restructured the school’s public equity portfolio, continued the build out of its private equity portfolio and initiated a venture capital program. During his tenure, Choate’s endowment produced top quartile returns in back-to-back years for the first time in the school’s history which was driven by outperformance in the public equity and hedge fund portfolios.

Prior to Choate, Jason served as Senior Manager of Pension Investments at Eastman Kodak, one of the most sophisticated corporate pension plans in the country. While at Kodak, he was one of two investment professionals who oversaw $5 billion in defined benefit pension assets worldwide. He was a key component of re-starting the investment program after the company emerged from bankruptcy.

Before Kodak, Jason served as Associate Director at Wesleyan University’s Investment Office where he was trained and mentored in the endowment model style of investing by Wesleyan’s CIO. This training was critical in developing Jason’s investment process and philosophy. While at Wesleyan he worked across all asset classes and geographies and traveled extensively in emerging markets, helping to rebuild the schools’ investment program which has become one of the top performing in the country. Prior to Wesleyan University, Jason was a Senior Research Analyst at Fund Evaluation Group where he helped launch the firm’s long-short equity hedge fund of funds.

Jason graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Economics. He was a Varsity Letterman on the football team, earning Special Teams Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-Ivy awards. He was included on CIO Magazine’s Class of 2017 Forty Under Forty list. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations.
Craig Dessen

Craig Dessen

CFA, Managing Director

Craig joined Edgehill with over 15 years of experience. At Edgehill he works across all asset classes with a focus on private markets as well as on portfolio construction and asset allocation. Most recently, he served as a Partner and Managing Director at Post Rock Advisors, LLC and its successor firm, Roundtable Investment Partners, LLC.  Craig was an essential part of the Post Rock team, advising family office and institutional investors on asset allocation and led the sourcing and diligence of investments in private equity, real estate, hedge funds and global equity. In these roles, he helped Post Rock grow from a start-up to $1 billion in assets.  Craig graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University and received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Tim Lembo

Tim Lembo

Senior Investment Analyst

Tim in a member of the Edgehill Investment team working across all asset classes. Prior to joining Edgehill, Tim was an investment banking analyst in the Healthcare Group at UBS, where he primarily focused on the execution of leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and various debt and equity transactions. Tim graduated with a B.A. in Economics with Honors from New York University.
Andrew Mastroe

Andrew Mastroe

CFA and CAIA, Associate Director

Andrew Mastroe is a member of the Edgehill Investment team working across all asset classes.  Prior to Edgehill, Andy served in the Boston Children’s Hospital Investment Office as a Senior Investment Analyst working with all asset classes in the $5.5 billion portfolio.  Earlier in his career, Andy was an investment analyst at the College of Holy Cross Investment Office managing a $700 million endowment and a $60 million pension.  Additionally, Andy was a Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates. In both previous roles, he advised institutional investors.  Andy’s background is a great fit for Edgehill as he excels at and embraces Edgehill’s generalist model. He received his BBA from University of Notre Dame, where he focused his studies on Management and Entrepreneurship. He is a CFA and CAIA Charterholder.
Brian Morgan

Brian Morgan

CAIA, Director of Risk and Analytics

Brian is the Director of Risk and Analytics where his expertise spans both investments and operations. Prior to Edgehill, Mr. Morgan spent eight years serving Choate Rosemary Hall in capacities as Investment Director & Operations Manager. Earlier in his career, he gained substantial investment operations experience as a Mutual Fund Operations Administrator at Skandia Global Funds, where he was responsible for performance reviews and had extensive engagement in IT projects. Brian received his B.S. from Central Connecticut State University, where he focused his studies on Finance. He is a CAIA Charterholder (Alternative Investment Analyst).
Drew Woodbury

Drew Woodbury

CFA, Managing Director

Drew Woodbury is a Managing Director on the Investment team working on all aspects of portfolio management across all Edgehill clients.  He joined Edgehill after nearly eight years at Grosvenor, an alternative investment firm with approximately $50 billion in assets under management. At Grosvenor, he was a Principal and was responsible for leading a team that evaluated investments with external public equity and hedge fund managers.  Earlier in his career, Drew was an equity analyst at Morningstar where he developed and presented fundamental research and investment recommendations to institutional clients. While at Morningstar, he was twice ranked in The Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" survey, which annually evaluated and ranks the top three analysts in each coverage sector based on the performance of their stock recommendations.  Drew received his A.B. in Economics from Princeton University.  He is a CFA Charterholder.
D. Ellen Shuman

D. Ellen Shuman

CFA, Partner Emerita

Ellen co-founded Edgehill Endowment Partners. Ms. Shuman contributed to the development of the firm, invested client portfolios, and mentored the next generation. Her service to Edgehill and clients continues in a strategic role as Partner Emerita. With 30+ years as an endowment professional, Ellen is devoting her capital markets insights, and her deep networks related to manager sourcing, industry talent and client prospects, for the benefit of Edgehill.

Her earlier career included serving for 13 years as the first CIO for Carnegie Corporation of New York. During her tenure, assets grew from $1.5 billion to $2.6 billion, net of spending exceeding $1 billion. Prior to Carnegie, Ellen was Director of Investments at the Yale University Investments Office for 13 years, reporting to its long-standing CIO David Swensen. At Yale she led real estate investments and capital markets activities.

She graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College, and served as a Trustee and a member of the investment committee for 21 years. She received an MPPM from the Yale University School of Management and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She received Institutional Investor Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Investment Management for Foundations in May 2014.
Tara Merlone

Tara Merlone

Director of Operations

Prior to joining the Edgehill team, Tara was an Assistant Vice President of Operations at Basso Capital Management, a Stamford, CT based hedge fund, where she worked directly on the trading floor supporting the traders and portfolio managers of the firm with their operational needs. She was primarily involved in over-the-counter trade settlements and confirmations, collateral management, and wire activity. Tara began her career working for International Fund Services (IFS), a third-party fund administrator located in New York, where she was a Supervisor of Middle Office Operations and serviced various multi-strategy investment management firms. Tara graduated summa cum laude from Fairfield University where she received a B.S. in Finance and M.B.A. in International Business.
Ken Colabella

Ken Colabella

CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Ken works closely with each client’s finance or treasury staff and coordinates with Edgehill’s fund administrator to ensure accurate investment accounting and investment performance reporting. Ken also is responsible for Edgehill’s business management functions. Ken is a Certified Public Accountant and managed an independent practice for nearly 30 years, undertaking accounting, tax preparation, financial statement preparation, and financial planning for mid-size businesses, start-up companies and individuals. For five years he was an SEC Registered Investment Adviser. Prior to establishing an independent practice, he was an auditor with Deloitte. He received a B.S. in Accounting from NYU and an M.B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University.
Christin Sandweiss

Christin Sandweiss

Director of Client Services

Prior to joining Edgehill, Christin had a career of managing relationships and leading detail-oriented operations. She headed the Inaugural Office for the 2013 Inauguration of Yale President, Peter Salovey. Christin was the Director of Development and Communications for the Yale-China Association during the 50th anniversary of a collaborative program with New Asia College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Christin worked for a decade in Yale University’s Office of Development, culminating her tenure as a Senior Major Gifts Officer with a focus on developing women Major Gift prospects. She serves on the board of the New Haven Lawn Club Preservation Trust and formerly served on the boards of the Friends Center for Children, the Neighborhood Music School and The Mory’s Association. She was a member of the operational group during the relaunch of Mory’s in 2010. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University.
Eric Kressaty

Eric Kressaty

Operations Analyst

Eric comes to Edgehill after gaining meaningful exposure to the investment world through two summer internships at Ciampi Tax & Financial Services in Cheshire, CT & Interaudi Bank in New York, NY. Eric graduated with a B.S. cum laude in Finance and an M.B.A. magna cum laude / honors, both from Quinnipiac University.
Melina Castro

Melina Castro

Operations Intern

Melina joined Edgehill as an Operations Intern.  She is a finance major at Quinnipiac University.  Melina participates in Quinnipiac’s highly competitive 3 + 1 BS/MBA program and will earn her B.S. in Finance in May 2021 and her M.B.A. in May 2022.  Melina volunteers with Handprints for Sunshine which promotes leadership and compassion in youngsters.  While at Quinnipiac her summer job experience has provided her with problem solving skills and the ability to work well on a team.
Niccolo Porcello

Niccolo Porcello

Office Assistant

Niccolo comes to Edgehill Endowment Partners from The Studio Institute in New York City, a non-profit dedicated to diversifying and furthering careers in the Arts for college students and recent graduates. He graduated with a B.A. in Urban Studies and Geography from Vassar College.