Samuel N. Gallo, CPA, CAIA

Chief Investment Officer

As the Chief Investment Officer of the University System of Maryland Foundation, Sam is responsible for the investment of over $1.3 billion in endowment and operating fund assets for the benefit of 22 higher education institutions.

Sam’s prior experience includes leadership roles with financial service provider PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he assisted asset managers and institutional investors on achieving industry best practices; investment consulting firm Ennis Knupp & Associates, where he led several manager research teams, built the operational due diligence practice, and serviced public plan sponsors in structuring alternative investment portfolios; and as a portfolio manager/trader at a Chicago proprietary trading organization, managing over $8 billion in daily derivative transactions.

Sam is the investment committee chairman and board member of the JCC of Greater Washington, board member-elect of the Managed Funds Association (MFA), founder and past president of the Charted Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association Washington D.C. Chapter, past board member of Bethesda, Maryland’s Suburban Hospital Foundation – a Johns Hopkins Hospital, and an advisory board member to several industry forums such as the Alternative Investor Forum, Institutional Investor Endowment & Foundation Forum, MFA Institutional Investor Advisory Council, the Milken Institute Global Markets Advisory Council, and the Washington Area Investor Forum.  He is a former governor appointed member of the University of Illinois board of trustees.

In 2017, Sam was named by Trusted Insight magazine as one of the top 30 endowment CIOs, globally.  During 2015, Institutional Investor Publishing called Sam one of the top four foundation of the year CIOs.  That same year, he also won Institutional Investor Endowment & Foundation Forum’s 2015 best governance award. In 2014, CIO Magazine named Sam as one of the top five most innovative foundation CIOs. He is the recipient of Money Management Intelligence’s 2012 public fund rising star award.

Sam earned a Masters in Business Administration with Honors from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and two Bachelor of Science degrees with High Honors in both Accounting and Finance from the University of Illinois.

Our Vision

Our vision is to attract broad resources that transform the USM and its institutions, create a network of advocates to embrace the USM’s role as an educator and economic engine, and to grow a long-term, sustainable culture of philanthropy across the University System of Maryland.

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