John Griswold, Senior Consultant, AGB Consulting


As head of Commonfund Institute, Mr. John Griswold directed investor education and market research activities for Commonfund, a nonprofit investment management company. Mr. Griswold joined Commonfund in 1992. After founding the Commonfund Institute in 1999 he initiated and supervised the Commonfund Benchmarks Studies of the performance of educational endowments, foundations, operating charities, and healthcare institutions, which collectively survey the investment performance and practices of hundreds of nonprofit institutions annually. In addition, he has spoken at numerous nonprofit and investment industry conferences in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Canada. He retired from Commonfund at the end of 2016.

Mr. Griswold has authored articles and book chapters on endowment management, board governance, and the management of investment committees. He is a member-at-large of the CFA Institute’s U.S. Advocacy Advisory Committee. He has lectured at the annual Pension Trustee Workshop organized by the Council of Institutional Investors and CFA Institute.

Professional Credentials

Mr. Griswold is a graduate of Yale University and attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He has served on many boards and is currently a member of several nonprofit boards, including the board of trustees of BoardSource (former chair), The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Greenwich Roundtable (chair), Grab the Torch, and The Bigs Project. He is a board member of three for-profit startup firms, Modern Guild, HR Moneyball, and Alumni Row.