Paula Volent is Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at The Rockefeller University, a private graduate university in New York City focused on the biological and medical sciences. Ms. Volent is responsible for the oversight and management of the University’s endowment.
Prior to joining Rockefeller University in August 2021, Ms. Volent was the Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President at Bowdoin College, a liberal arts College in Brunswick, Maine. Prior to joining Bowdoin in July 2000, Ms. Volent was a Senior Associate at the Yale University endowment under the leadership of David Swensen.
Ms. Volent has a BA from the University of New Hampshire; a master’s degree in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University; a Certificate in Conservation from the Conservation Center at NYU, with a specialization in the conservation of works of art on paper; and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Prior to focusing on endowment management, Paula worked as a paper conservator at the New-York Historical Society, the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, the LA County Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. She also ran a private paper conservation studio in Los Angeles, California. She serves on the Board of Directors of MSCI, Inc., as Vice Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Yale School of Management, a member of the Investment Committee of the Pritzker Family Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of Girls Who Invest, a Trustee of the Skowhegan School of Art and Painting, and as an Investment Committee Member of the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Volent was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance by Barron’s in 2020.