The Utah School & Institutional Trust Funds Office (SITFO) is an independent team of investors working to create a brighter future and more equitable present for Utah's education programs.

OUR HISTORY

A strong democracy is founded on education for all. That's the vision that Thomas Jefferson held over 200 years ago. To make this ideology a reality, Jefferson proposed that land be reserved in each new state for schools.

When Utah became a state in 1896, the U.S. Congress granted approximately six million acres of land to benefit public education in perpetuity. Since then, the management of these lands has raised approximately $2 billion (and counting) for Utah schools.

To further benefit our children, the Utah School & Institutional Trust Funds Office (SITFO) was created to optimize these funds. The state assembled a team of investment professionals with significant financial experience in both government and the private sector.

SITFO is united with the education community, legislature, and state government. Together, they fulfill Jefferson's vision by managing and growing revenue for Utah schools, opening the door for a future of well-educated, successful citizens.

OUR MISSION

To responsibly maximize the return on the invested principal of the School and Institutional Trusts for the current and future benefit of Utah's education programs.

We are an independent team of outcome-oriented investors for the School and Institutional Trusts of Utah. We aim to carry this torch of fiduciary responsibility forward to create a brighter future and more equitable present for Utah's public education programs.

To that end, we ground our decision-making in objective research and sound portfolio theory. We value long-term growth over short-term gains, impartial analysis over conventional wisdom, and will always conduct investment decisions outside the reach of political influence and act with undivided loyalty to the schools, universities and state institutions for which we serve.

We consider education to be an invaluable public resource, and believe the School and Institutional Trusts are an enduring investment in our community as a whole.

The Team

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PETER MADSEN
Director, Chief Investment Officer

Peter was brought on by SITFO in 2015, and has been critical in establishing the direction of the organization. Working in the investment management industry since 1999, his most recent experience includes Managing Director of Cube Capital, an investment group in London. His career includes a range of experience in global investing for large institutional clients such as pension funds and endowments, as well as permanent school fund experience from another state. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah in International Political Economy and Russian. He also holds an MBA focused in International Finance from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

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BRIAN SCOTT
Senior Investment Analyst

Brian joined SITFO in 2017, bringing valuable expertise in research, portfolio management, and computer science. Preceding SITFO Brian was a quantitative analyst and software developer at Aspen Partners, an alternative investment manager and index provider. Prior to Aspen Brian was credit analyst with Wells Fargo Energy Group, where he covered E&P reserve based lending. Brian has a Master’s of Science in Financial Engineering from Claremont Graduate University, a Bachelor’s from Colorado State University, and is currently a CFA Level I candidate.

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RYAN KULIG
Administrative Analyst

Ryan joined SITFO in 2016 to help manage office operations, portfolio administration, and investment analysis. Before joining SITFO, he worked for Sax Angle Partners, specializing in fundamental and technical analysis of equity investment opportunities. Prior to that, he performed financial analysis of federal grant activity at MRK Advisors. Ryan earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Business with an Emphasis in Finance and a Minor in Economics from the University of Portland.

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ANNA DAVENPORT
Assistant Administrative Analyst

Anna joined SITFO in 2017 to assist in managing office operations. Before joining SITFO, she worked as the marketing and content strategist for Simply Peanut Allergenic Solutions. Prior to that, Anna worked at Goldman Sachs for five and a half years as a Compliance officer developing risk and control self-assessments, establishing a regulatory updates and policy framework and monitoring employee conduct. Anna earned her Bachelors of Arts in International Politics and Russian from the Pennsylvania State University.

The Board

DAVID DAMSCHEN
Chair, Board of Trustees

David became the Utah State Treasurer after serving seven years as the Chief Deputy State Treasurer. Previously, he lead treasury management efforts at AmericanWest Bank and U.S. Bank for almost 20 years. David is veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and holds a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) credential.

KENT A. MISENER
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

Kent serves as VP of Finance for the Great Salt Lake Council of the BSA. He managed $9 billion in benefits-related assets as the Chief Investment Officer of Desert Mutual Benefit Administrators (DMBA). Kent has an MBA in Business Administration, and operates Verapath Global Investing LLC.

DAVID R. NIXON
Board of Trustees

David worked at Coopers & Lybrand and as Assistant Treasurer and Director of Global Investments at EDS, responsible for assets totaling $15 billion. David has an accounting MBA. His extensive international experience includes work in both developed and emerging markets and living in Colombia, Belgium, and England.

JOHN LUNT
Board of Trustees

John serves on the investment committee for the $8 billion Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) and was board president of Utah Retirement Systems (URS), a $20 billion pension fund. He has an MBA in Finance and International Business and is the Founder and President of Lunt Capital Management, Inc.

DUANE MADSEN
Board of Trustees

Duane serves on the UVU Foundation's Investment Committee and chairs the Center for Law and Religious Studies at BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School. He has an MBA and worked as the Vice President and Executive Director of Goldman-Sachs Private Wealth Management.