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December 5 - 7, 2021
Monarch Beach ResortDana Point, CA and online

Dawn Wilson
Investment Operations Director at Group Health Foundation


Dawn oversees a range of compliance, monitoring, analysis, and reporting functions for Group Health Foundation’s investment portfolio. She holds extensive knowledge of investment operations and alternative investments.

Dawn spent two decades working for university endowments. She was at the University of Virginia (UVA) as an accountant on the investment team and then later served as manager of investment operations and then director of investment operations. Dawn supervised all aspects of investment accounting, shareholder accounting, operations of investment pools, investment performance and compliance reporting, and safeguarding of assets. UVA formed a separate foundation, the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO), to manage the long-term assets of the university and university-related foundations. Dawn was part of the team during the transition. During her 17-year tenure at the university and UVIMCO, assets under management grew from $1.7 billion to more than $8 billion.

Most recently, Dawn was the senior director for investment administration at Emory University and worked as an independent consultant advising nonprofit institutions on investment operations. She lives in a multigenerational household with her parents, husband, and adult son. In addition to being among with loved ones, she enjoys spending time outside gardening and inside sewing.

Agenda Sessions

  • Working with third party vendors for success