John Griswold
Executive Director

Higher Ed

  • Endowments
  • Value of college

John Griswold directs Commonfund’s investor education and market research activities as head of Commonfund Institute. He joined Commonfund as head of client services in 1992. He initiated and has 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 over 1,400 nonprofit institutions annually. In addition, he supervises and speaks at Commonfund’s annual Endowment Institute, Commonfund Forum, monthly trustee roundtables and nonprofit and investment industry conferences in the U.S., Europe and Canada. Griswold has authored many articles and book chapters on endowment management, governance and the management of investment committees. Griswold is a member of numerous nonprofit boards and investment committees, including the board of trustees of BoardSource, for which he is chair, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Greenwich Roundtable, the National Business Officers Association and the Regional Plan Association of New York. He is a graduate of Yale University.