David Wagner
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David Wagner

David L. Wagner

Member of ECM Investment Committee, Operating Committee

Area of Focus:

Executive management of investment and business functions


  • Founded ECM in 2002.
  • Responsible for firm level leadership, strategic direction, and serves as main liaison to the ECM Board of Managers.
  • Served for 10 years as Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Northwestern University, growing its portfolio from just over $1 billion to approximately $4 billion by transforming its traditional stocks-and-bonds portfolio to a fully diversified strategy that utilizes 20 asset classes, 80 managers and over 150 partnerships, and was nearly 50% invested in non-traditional or alternative investment strategies.
  • Served as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer of two liberal arts colleges - Wheaton College and Bard College.


B.A., Dartmouth College
M.B.A., Dartmouth College

Received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Wheaton College


Emeriti Trustee of Wheaton College (Norton, MA).
Investment Committee Member, The Kresge Foundation.
Previously served on more than a dozen investment advisory, non-profit and family-office boards.
Served four years in the U.S. Navy.

First time at Evanston Capital Management?