(Art by Tim Bower)Carmen Heredia-Lopez, current CIO of Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, has been tapped to lead the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s $8.3 billion portfolio.
According to the foundation, Heredia-Lopez will begin her post on December 1, 2014. As director of investments, she will report to Vice President and CIO Joel Wittenberg.
At the Battle Creek, Michigan-based philanthropy, she will be responsible for “driving further development of the foundation’s mission-driven investment strategy and managing emerging diversity-owned firm work and diversified assets,” the foundation said.
Working towards diversifying a not so diverse industry has been central to Heredia-Lopez’s career.
The CIO is an alumna of the Robert Toigo Foundation and is heavily involved with the organization through mentoring and speaking at events.
“As women, we always question our quantitative ability,” she told CIO last year. “’Should I be here? What am I doing here?’ But I’m not afraid of math: I can do it. And foundations like Toigo give you that confidence.”
Heredia-Lopez has been at the helm of the $10.8 billion Chicago Teachers Pension Fund since January of 2013. Prior to taking over the CIO position, she served as the fund’s director of investments for two-and-a-half years.
She also worked as an investment analyst at the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund for more than four years after spending a decade in asset management and investment banking.
Heredia-Lopez holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.