Deborah F. Kuenstner

Chief Investment Officer Wellesley College New England
Deborah F. Kuenstner

Ms. Kuenstner is the Chief Investment Officer of Wellesley College. Before joining Wellesley College in February of 2009, Ms. Kuenstner was Chief Investment Officer and Vice President of Investment Management at Brandeis University from 2007 to January 2009.  Prior to working at Brandeis, Ms. Kuenstner was Managing Director of Research for Fidelity Management & Research Company, the investment management organization of Fidelity Investments, from 2005 to 2006. Ms. Kuenstner was the Chief Investment Officer, Global Value, at Putnam Investments from 2000 to 2004.  Her other roles at Putnam included Chief Investment Officer, International Value, and Senior Portfolio Manager, International Equities. Prior to that, she worked at DuPont Pension Fund Investment in Wilmington, Delaware as a Senior Portfolio Manager, International Equities.

Ms. Kuenstner has also been a Vice President, International Investment Strategist, at Merrill Lynch, in addition to an Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Ms. Kuenstner was actively involved in the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church USA from 1996-2004 as Investment Committee Chair and a director, until becoming a co-opted director.

Ms. Kuenstner brings to the Board valuable experience and knowledge about the financial services industry generally and, in particular, the investment management arena.