Natalie Eckford is a Managing Director for the Endowment & Foundation Practice at Cambridge Associates.
Natalie joined the firm in 2006 and has more than 20 years of experience as an investor. She works with non-profit clients, including schools, foundations, and museums ranging in size from $70 million to over $7 billion. In addition to the traditional oversight of portfolios, Natalie’s engagement with clients has included developing and implementing private investment programs, integrating mission-aligned & impact investments, and increasing the number of diverse managers in portfolios.
Prior to Cambridge Associates, Natalie spent time as a financial analyst with MCI/WorldCom and within Merrill Lynch’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group. While in business school, Natalie divided her time between internships with BlackRock Realty Advisors’ acquisitions team and the real estate investment team at CalSTRS. At BlackRock, she evaluated opportunities for equity acquisitions in development, stabilized, and value-add investments for the firm’s real estate portfolios. At CalSTRS, she performed due diligence, research, and valuation analysis for potential investments in the plan’s real estate portfolio.
Natalie received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA in Economics from Spelman College.