Tim Nguyen

Tim Nguyen

Tim Nguyen

CIO, Rhode Island Employee Retirement Fund
Former Director of Investments at the
University of Connecticut Foundation


Tim Nguyen is an executive with broad and relevant experience of more than 25 years in Non-Profit Investment Management, Portfolio Risk Management, Cash & Debt Management, and Financial Strategy, as well as an academic focusing on business economics. He has served as an Independent Board Member on a publicly traded mutual fund complex, as well as on various non-profit organizations.

Nguyen serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance and MSF Recruitment Officer at the University at Buffalo School of Management, The State University of New York, where he became a full-time faculty member. He has been teaching at this institution since 2009. He currently teaches the following undergraduate and graduate courses, and he assists with admissions and recruitment efforts relating to UB’s graduate program in Finance:

  • Institutional Investing
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Governance, Finance, and Management
  • Applied Economics
  • Advanced Portfolio Management & Theory

He has served as the Chief Investment Officer for the Employee Retirement System of Rhode Island (ERS RI) for 1 year for which he oversaw and managed investment assets totaling more than $16 billion (approximately $8 billion in state pension assets, approximately $700 million in state cash pool, and additional $7 billion in 529 College Bound program, stated defined contribution assets, 401a and 457b programs, and other miscellaneous tax-advantage savings plan).

The nearly $8 billion retirement system works with the state employees, teachers, the Municipal Employee’s Retirement System (MERS), MERS police and fire, correctional officers, BHDDH nurses, state police, and judges regarding pension issues.

ERS RI is administered by an amazing 10 member board that delegates strategic investment decision making and manager selection to the investment staff. The portfolio is invested across all geographies and asset classes.

His other responsibilities include:

  • To initiate, lead, and oversee the Crisis Protection Portfolio (totaling more than $600 million)
  • To carry out asset/liability and asset allocation study for the defined benefit system
  • To initiate, lead, and implement the Managed Account Solutions Platform
  • To initiate and implement “Total Risk Aggregation” of entire defined-benefit system

He also served as the former Director of Investments, Finance, and Treasury at The University of Connecticut Foundation for 8 years for which he managed a multi-asset class endowment consisting of hedge funds, private equity, real estate, natural resources, venture capital, corporate governance, royalties, high yield, bank loans, commodities, and traditional stocks and bonds. He performed manager due diligence and carried out asset allocation reviews. He provided oversight relating to risk management of Long-Term Pool of funds and performed risk reporting. He traded fixed income securities relating to the operating pool of the Foundation. He managed, monitored, and restructured the Non-Endowed Asset portfolio. He interacted with Investment Committee Members. He monitored and restructured 403 (b) retirement assets for the Foundation. He monitored and managed the Deferred Gift Administration program. In conjunction with the General Counsel, he performed legal review of documents relating to finance and investments. He accompanied and assisted the President of the Foundation and senior development officers on donor visits. He strategized with senior development officers regarding prospective corporate, foundation, and individual donors

About the University at Buffalo School of Management

The University at Buffalo School of Management is a vibrant and inclusive community of big thinkers and even bigger doers. They work together to question and upend theories, lifting each other up, and driving change.

Since 1923, the UB School of Management has built an impressive reputation as one of the best schools of business in the world. The comprehensive range of their academic portfolio, the expertise of their faculty, and the worldwide success of their graduates are the primary reasons for the school’s acclaim.

Today the educational reputation of the School of Management literally spans the globe and students at the school hail from all over the world.

In an increasingly global business environment, the diversity of their programs and their international reputation help ensure that the School of Management degree is a credential that opens doors for their graduates at any business anywhere in the world.